National Preparedness Month 2016

September is National Preparedness Month! During the month of September, you are encouraged to focus on preparing yourself, your family, and your friends for disasters and emergencies. This way, no matter when a disaster or emergency situation arises, you and your family are ready. However, you can take steps to prepare you and your family at any time of the year. Take some time today to read through the preparedness tips below:


Preparing Yourself & Your Family

  • Part of being prepared is being informed! Take some time today to learn about the different kinds of disasters that could happen where you live, where you work, and where you visit.

  • Download the FEMA app to keep you safe with weather alerts and safety tips, and/or download another one of the great apps listed HERE

  • Make an emergency kit for your family that includes water, non-perishable food, extra batteries, a flashlight, and more. Build a kit for your home and one for your car so you're always ready. If you already have a kit, spend a few minutes evaluating your needs and replacing expired supplies. Click here to start making a kit for your family.

  • Make and practice a family emergency plan! You may not always be together when an emergency occurs, so build in a designated meeting spot and how you'll call to let each other know you're safe. Remember: winging it is not an emergency plan, so be sure to practice your plan often! Get tips on making your family's plan by clicking HERE.

  • Don't forget your pets! Our pets are family too, so why wouldn't you make an emergency plan for them? Get started by clicking HERE to find out what you need to do to make an emergency kit and plan for your animals.

  • Know your safe place! This may be a basement, the hallway or a closet in your home, a friend's house, or maybe a local storm shelter. It's important to know where your safe place is. Find an up-to-date listing of all Tuscaloosa County Storm Shelters by clicking HERE.

  • Take some time to get to know your neighbors. Almost half of all Americans expect to rely on their neighbors after a disaster. Do you know who your neighbors are? Click here to start the conversation today


Volunteer Your Time

  • Joining a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program is a great way to give back to your community and help your community recover after disasters. A CERT+ class, which teaches the traditional CERT courses along with storm spotter training, will begin in September 2016. Find out more information and register for the course HERE.

  • Keep up-to-date on opportunities to serve your community HERE


Take Part in Preparedness Events

  • September 11: National Day of Service - the National Day of Service was first established in 2002 as an inspiring tradition of doing charitable service on 9/11 as an annual tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and responders. How will you give back? Donate your time and share your experiences online using the hashtag #911day. Find more information on National Day of Service HERE

  • September 25: Ready Sunday - What would happen if a disaster struck on a day of worship? Would your church family know what to do? Do you want to inform your congregation on disaster readiness and the importance of being ready if a disaster strikes? ind out how to prepare your faith community or faith-based organization on disaster preparedness HERE and more information about Ready Sunday HERE.

  • September 30: National PrepareAthon Day - Join millions of Americans taking action to be prepared by adding your preparedness activities HERE. Unsure how to get involved? Click HERE for ten ways to participate. 


Follow Tuscaloosa County EMA on Facebook and Twitter for more tips on staying prepared. You can also track the hashtag #NatlPrep on social media to get even more information.