September is National Preparedness Month - Be Informed. Plan. Act.

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September is National Preparedness Month and a good time to consider putting a plan in place so you and your family are prepared in the event that you’re affected by a natural disaster. 

What Is Classified as a Natural Disaster?

A natural disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the earth. Examples include:

  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Volcanic Eruptions
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis

What Can I Do to Plan Ahead? 

During the month of September, ready.gov, an official website of the Department of Homeland Security, offers a useful toolkit, that includes weekly themes related to planning ahead and being prepared for a disaster.

We encourage you to review this toolkit and make a plan to talk with your family throughout the month of September.

Topic suggestions when talking with your family:

  1. Discuss how to prepare and respond to the types of emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work, and play.
  2. Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and how you will work together as a team.
  3. Practice as many elements of your plan as possible.

Our thoughts are with all the people in Houston who were hit with a powerful hurricane and are dealing with heartbreaking and catastrophic events.

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