Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can.

As if right on cue with the destruction of Hurricane Harvey in Texas right now, September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month encourages everyone to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. The official website has a free guide that breaks down the planning into manageable chunks for the month and provides information on the types of emergencies that can occur and what you can do for your family and your community. The theme this year is "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can."

Do you have a plan in place? A "Go Bag" you can grab in an emergency? If so, I'd love to hear your methods in the comments. I only have a vague plan, so this month I'll be following these weekly themes from NPM's website to make it a clear plan and really get organized.

  • Week 1: September 1-9 - Make a Plan for Yourself, Family, and Friends

  • Week 2: September 10-16 - Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

  • Week 3: September 17-23 - Practice and Build Out Your Plans

  • Week 4: September 24-30 - Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

Oklahomans have a reputation for being helpful and going out of their way for people in need. Let's keep that up and stay active in our communities. To support relief from Harvey, there are several options recommended by The New York Times.

Make a plan, get organized, and stay safe, my friends.

#planahead #emergency

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