National Preparedness Month 2023

In the United States, National Preparedness Month is promoted every September. This is a month-long reminder / campaign about getting prepared for all emergencies. It was created by FEMA back in 2004. FEMA’s reputation usually seems to take a beating after major emergencies and disasters, but their website,, has extremely helpful recommendations to help you prepare for various emergencies such as:

extreme heat



power outages




…everything you can imagine (and probably dread).

Check their list of Disasters and Emergencies to determine for which ones you should prepare based on your geographic location and life activities.

In my area, we have lived with the threat of wildfires for many summers and autumns. We also experienced “Snowmageddon” back in February 2021, during which many people in the state of Texas lost power and water for up to a week. It was after that experience we expanded our emergency preparedness lists to include winter power outages, and not just wildfire preparedness and evacuations. If you’d like to download our lists to use as a springboard for yours, feel free to do that here.

If you own a business or work for a company in which your job title is Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Operations Manager, Director of Security, Plant Manager, IT Manager, or a similar leadership position along those lines, be sure to browse FEMA’s Business Preparation Recommendations.  

Children also need to understand emergency preparations so they can stay calm and possibly even help. Here are FEMA resources designed specifically for children.


Part of being productive is being prepared for various situations. This includes disasters. Please be sure to check out the website today so that you’re as ready as possible for anything!



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