While hurricane season began June 1 and ends in late November, according to the National Weather Service, most storms peak in late September and October, when the likelihood of hurricanes, thunderstorms, wildfires, and other natural disasters significantly increases across many areas of the U.S. You need look no further than the past couple of weeks to see the damage and disruption incurred by hurricanes Ida, Henri, and Fred along the east and gulf coasts.
And it's not just hurricanes or wildfires that make the news: the Plains and Great Lake regions often start their battle with freezing conditions and snowfall during the fall months.
Ready, a national public service campaign, has earmarked September as National Preparedness Month and urges all those who are tasked with protecting people and property from fire, electrical, and related hazards, to work together, help educate, and empower the public to prepare, respond to, and mitigate emergencies before they become tragedies. The theme for this year's campaign, “Prepare to Protect,” reminds everyone that being better prepared before, during, and after an emergency is key to getting our lives back to normal as quickly as possible.
NFPA has a wealth of information to help public educators prepare ahead of weather events and other emergencies in their areas:
A fact sheet and related information provides residents and businesses with easy wildfire risk reduction steps they can do around their homes and buildings to make them safer from wildfire and blowing embers.
An escape plan activity sheet helps families prepare and practice an escape plan in case of a fire in the home. An emergency supplies kit checklist provides a list of items a family may need in case of an evacuation due to an emergency weather event.
A tip sheet provides the facts and steps homeowners can take to safely use portable generators in the event homes lose power after a storm.
With so much “weather” happening across the country, the time to start preparing communities is now. Make Preparedness Month the jump start you need to put plans in place.
For these and other related information sources, visit www.nfpa.org/disaster and ready.gov/September.