National Preparedness Month 2019
Posted on 09/12/2019
Preparedness Month Topics

September is National Preparedness Month – Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) uses this month as an opportunity to help people to understand how to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

This is a time to encourage and remind people to be prepared for emergencies in their homes, schools, businesses, and communities. How quickly people and businesses are able to recover and get back to business after a natural disaster or terrorist event often depends on their level of planning and preparation before the disaster happens. 

BFHD encourages everyone to be prepared for any and all emergencies and disasters. Public health plays a key role in natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and possible terrorist incidents. BFHD works hand in hand with local emergency planning partners such as the hospitals, emergency management, emergency medical services, and other local health jurisdictions to ensure a resilient community structure. 

National Preparedness Month contains topics to help people become familiar with how they can be prepared, not scared, for emergencies or disasters.

 

Week 1: Save Early for Disaster Costs

 

Week 2: Make a Plan

 

Week 3: Teach Youth to Prepare

  • Teach your children, tweens, and teens about disaster preparedness. Help your kids learn how to communicate during an emergency by making sure they have emergency contact numbers and know how and when to call 9-1-1. Remind them that texting often works better than telephone calls.
  • Speak Up! Ask your child’s teacher about the plans the school has for emergencies
  • Resources: ready.gov/youth-preparedness

 

Week 4: Get involved in Preparedness

  • Learn about hazards most likely to affect your community and their appropriate responses
  • Your community needs you! Find volunteer opportunities to help in times of disaster
  • Take classes in lifesaving skills, such as first aid, and CPR

 

Resources:

CDC – Center for Preparedness and Response