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September is National Preparedness Month

This year’s theme: Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.

After the tragedies of September 11, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security designated September as National Preparedness Month. The month serves as a reminder to think about what to do before disasters strike. While so much of 2020 has been unpredictable, the importance of making a plan with loved ones and knowing what to do has never been more critical.

How you receive and exchange information is a key part of your family’s emergency plan. Take a few moments to talk with your loved ones about how you will stay in touch, especially when regular systems go down. Texting is still the way to go during disasters, but a good back-up is to carry a hard copy of important phone numbers with you. Also, think about a back-up power supply and how to keep your devices charged to stay connected.

New for 2020:
The Seattle Office of Emergency Management has created an easy way to receive emergency notifications. Simply text “Seattle” to 67283 to opt-in on real-time emergency messaging like major incidents and what areas to avoid.

For a tongue-in-cheek look at emergency planning, check out FEMA’s video’s on Earthquake and Hurricane.

In the coming weeks, we’ll share more tips and resources to help you stay safe, stay well and stay prepared.