National Preparedness Month (NPM*) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. It’s an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families for when an emergency happens. The 2022 theme is “A Lasting Legacy”

The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship. All individuals should take time to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid, and check insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

The current pandemic, the hurricanes , and the wildfires of this and the past few years have reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters. Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community. is an excellent tool for preparedness information with information and links to additional resources. There you’ll find information on how to make a disaster or emergency plan and how to make your own emergency kit or “bug-out bag.”

Richland Public Health also has plenty of local disaster information at our emergency preparedness page. It’s located under the “Your Home” link at    There, you will find an alphabetical listing of downloadable PDF documents from the American Public Health Association (APHA) covering a variety of Emergency Preparedness issues.


*NPM is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) “Ready Campaign” in partnership with Citizen Corps to encourage Americans to make sure they are prepared for disasters or emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities.