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September Is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month
September Is National Preparedness Month
September 5, 2018

September is National Preparedness Month, a nationwide public awareness campaign to get people to prepare for disasters.

The devastating wildfires, hurricanes and earthquakes in 2017 and 2018 show the importance of preparing for disasters. In 2017, the second-largest wildfire in California's history, the Thomas Fire, destroyed more than 1,000 structures, including more than 750 homes. The flames forced thousands of evacuations and numerous school closures. Earlier in 2017, deadly Hurricane Harvey left catastrophic damage worth $125 billion, which is second all-time behind Hurricane Katrina’s $160 billion. The death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was 2,975, much larger than the 64 people initially reported had having died as a result of the storm.

Each week in September has a different theme starting with, “make a plan and practice it.” The other themes for the month include things like learning life-saving skills, checking your insurance coverage and saving up money for an emergency.

The ready.gov website has a bunch ofresources to promote National Preparedness Month, including videos, articles, graphics, social media toolkits and infographics. In addition, you can Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips.

2017 was the costliest year for natural disasters in United States history.

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