September is National Preparedness Month

woman with shopping cart gets water for her emergency kitSeptember is National Preparedness Month (smack in the middle of hurricane season). Across the country, government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with non-profit organizations and NGOs, are coming together to encourage year-round personal and community preparedness for disasters, disease outbreaks, and human-caused emergencies.

This year the emphasis at CDC’s Center for Preparedness & Response (CPR) is on personal health preparedness:

  • Personal needs — Food, water, and other essentials to last at least 14 days.
  • Prescriptions — Medication you may need, also for at least 14 days.
  • Paperwork — Important documents and medical records.
  • Power sources — Backup power (like solar-powered chargers) in case the electricity goes out.
  • Practical skills — Life-saving skills, like CPR, so you know what to do in an emergency.

For more ideas and information, visit the Center for Preparedness & Response (CPR), part of the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), by vsiting

At the Department of Homeland Security’s site, the theme is “Prepared, not scared.”

  • Save early for disaster costs
  • Make a plan to prepare for disasters
  • Teach youth to prepare for disasters
  • Get involved in your community’s preparedness

Emergency preparedness is always an important message at the Hawaii Department of Health. To learn more about how to plan and prepare for natural disasters, please visit our “protect your family” webpage at