Disasters Don't Wait, Make Your Plan Today!
National Preparedness Month (NPM) is the annual preparedness outreach campaign sponsored by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency's. Volunteer West Virginia has
committed to participate in NPM to increase community preparedness in West Virginia
through its ReadyWV multi-media campaign. This is the 14th year that
Volunteer West Virginia has participated in NPM.
The theme this year is “Disasters Don’t Wait, Make Your Plan
Today” and asks citizens to take action now. Take time to make a plan, build an
emergency kit and prepare for hazards, like floods, that might impact your
community. Check your insurance coverage to see if they cover those hazards. Be
financially prepared. If you can, put aside some extra cash to save for an emergency.
Save by growing and canning your own food. Keep take out plastic dinnerware,
napkins, and condiment packages for your emergency kit. Stock up on canned food
when they are on sale.
Educate and involve youth in preparedness too. Make it fun!
Have them do a scavenger hunt for items in the house you may already have to
put into your family emergency kit. Know
how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. As our
nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved
than this September.
• Week 1:
Sept. 1-5 Make a Plan
• Week 2:
Sept. 6-12 Build a Kit
• Week 3:
Sept. 13-19 Prepare for Disasters
(Flood & Financial Prep)
• Week 4:
Sept. 20-26 Teach Youth about
Preparedness is a shared responsibility that involves the
whole community. Learn ways that you and your family can TAKE ACTION NOW to be
better prepared by visiting Ready.WV.Gov (www.ready.wv.gov) and follow us on Facebook
and Twitter. To sign up for our E-newsletters, contact Volunteer West Virginia at
304-558-0111 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Jim Justice proclaimed September 2020 as National
Preparedness Month in West Virginia. For more click
For more information about the FEMA’s Ready Campaign and
National Preparedness Month, visit www.Ready.gov/September