National Preparedness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness for the important work being done to ensure our communities are safe, healthy and ready for emergencies. This year’s Know Plan Prepare campaign continues the legacy of the Together We’re Ready: Massachusetts Prepared campaign of previous years, with a bit of a new look and a slight shift in focus and approach. The Local Public Health Institute of MA supports this campaign and offers a number of emergency preparedness trainings online for the public health workforce.
September is National Preparedness Month, and while I’m usually pretty critical of how our government plans for, prepares for, and reacts to disasters, I do like the fact that they dedicate the month of September to preparedness awareness. During the month of September we are going to do everything we can to help raise that awareness, and we want our readers to do the same thing. It’s unfortunate, but most people these days won’t take action unless everyone else is taking action; so let’s use the month of September to raise awareness, and start some conversations with those that we care about.
Talk about the most likely disasters they will face – This is not the time to start talking about World War Three, Doomsday Bunkers, or Doomsday Preppers.
Show your loved ones examples of localized disasters that have affected your area in the past.
Talk about what you would have done to prepare for those scenarios that already happened and are likely to happen again in your area.
Talk about unexpected disasters that have hit other areas of the world, and talk about how people survived those disasters.
Start Small – The last thing you want to do is overwhelm someone who’s new to the idea.


Give them the Gift of Preparedness – Every year around Christmas, I usually talk about giving the gift of preparedness. Give them a disaster kit: Put together a small bag or bucket filled with emergency essentials.
Government agencies, businesses, organizations and citizens across the United States will be discussing emergency preparedness in September as they participate in the 2015 National Preparedness Month .
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management again is sponsoring a statewide campaign to encourage Massachusetts residents, families and communities to make plans and prepare for public health and medical emergencies, threats and disasters. Anything that increases awareness and causes people to think about how they would react during a disaster is a good thing. By using National Preparedness Month as a way to connect with those that would normally laugh at the idea, you can help your loved ones better prepare themselves to face the very real dangers that are out there.
Unfortunately the media likes to portray preppers as a bunch of crazy lunatics who are all obsessed with the end of the world; don’t help perpetuate that stereotype. Show them examples of how stores sell out of supplies within hours of a disaster, and then make sure they have enough food and water to sustain themselves for at least 7 days.
After discussing what they’ll need, help them put together a basic emergency supply kit.
While it’s a little early to start giving out Christmas presents, you can use the National Preparedness Month as a reason to give someone the gift of preparedness. It doesn’t have to be big and elaborate, just something that will help get them thinking.


Its nice to see them buy into the idea, but I have watched a new prepper convience people he is a nut from the way he talks. The first of the two ads is a direct appeal that features a range of diverse people in various settings explaining how they prepare for emergencies. Don’t go overboard here, just stick to the essentials and be glad they are at least taking some sort of action to prepare. It’s packed full of real-world examples and detailed advice on how to survive real-world 21st century threats.
The second ad is animated – it features a villain, Captain Chaos, who brings various disasters to families only to find that his destructive efforts are thwarted by prepared family members. I cover everything from surviving natural and man-made disasters, to surviving violent crimes, riots, home invasions and even economic problems. Together, we can protect our families and help our communities by planning for emergencies and for the unexpected.



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