The day of preparation is almost here! It’s a great time to make sure you’re prepared for an emergency. Every year Get ready day is held on the third Tuesday of September to celebrate National Preparation Month to help our families and local communities stay safe and healthy. With hurricane season and COVID-19 still underway, this year’s Preparation Day on September 21 will be packed with key tools that you, your family and friends need to overcome both disasters!
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns communities to prepare for an above-average hurricane season in 2021. Although the Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1, it has no signs of slowing until after November 30. Get Ready has fact sheets in English and Spanish to help you prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters. Use the Interactive map of the National Hurricane Center to monitor hurricane risks for your area.
The pandemic means your hurricane preparation may look a little different this year. Get Ready has released a new infographic to highlight how to protect yourself and your family during hurricane season. You can share this infographic so everyone knows how to start the 3 Ps on prep day:
Floor: You and your family should plan your safest evacuation route now. If you need to go to a shelter, choose one that is not overcrowded to reduce the risks of COVID-19. Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tips to protect yourself and your community.
To protect: Protect yourself and those around you by getting the COVID-19 vaccine (one or two shots, depending on which one you get) before the actual emergency. The vaccine is safe and reduces the risk of contracting COVID-19. If you catch the virus, you are less likely to be very sick. Getting sick during a hurricane is dangerous. Rescuers and hospitals are harder to reach and more crowded during and after a disaster. It is important to take this step for your health and safety.
Package: Your go-bag needs a few more articles this year. Get them before the emergency! Be sure to pack a supply of face masks, hand sanitizer, bottled water, and other medical supplies for the hurricane season.
Now that you have your 3 Ps, celebrate emergency preparedness on September 21st!