Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today
September 1, 2015
PDC’s DisasterAWARE multi hazard monitoring and early warning platform displaying hazard exposure: tectonic plate boundaries, storm and earthquake intensity zones, and volcanoes of the world.
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) in the United States, a time when the U.S. Government coordinates efforts across the whole of government and whole of society to promote disaster preparedness among communities, individuals, and organizations.
This year’s theme for NPM, according to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” This theme is promoted through a month-long campaign: America’s PrepareAthon! which aims to encourage action before a crisis occurs, and to promote collective responsibility as a means of increasing nationwide resilience.
Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) is actively collaborating with a number of government agencies in this national effort to promote preparedness. Our efforts, in coordination with others, will focus on awareness of a different hazard each week, along with information regarding hazard-specific preparedness.
We encourage you to “Join In!” and get started with your plan today. Below are some suggestions that anyone can undertake to promote preparedness:
• Develop and test a Family Disaster Plan, including a communications plan
• Sign up for local alerts and warnings with Disaster Alert mobile app
• Explore DisasterAWARE using the DIY Preparedness Lessons listed below
• Assemble or update a Disaster Supply Kit
• Learn more about hazards in your area
• Collect and safeguard critical documents
• Take time to teach your kids about disasters and preparedness
• Plan with neighbors to help each other and to share resources
• Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class
• Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards
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To keep yourself up-to-the-minute about hazards and disasters:
- Download the free PDC Disaster Alert mobile app for your iOS and Android devices,
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook (/DisasterAWARE), and
- Use PDC’s Global Hazards Atlas from any computer.
For the latest Weather and Disaster News, use the PDC Weather Wall.
While you are thinking of hazards, think of preparedness. PDC provides disaster preparedness information, including printable instructions for assembling a Disaster Supply Kit and rehearsing a Family Disaster Plan.
For more information on DisasterAWARE products:
- Take a look at our new fact sheet,
- For details, see the DisasterAWARE documentation.
- Read and understand more about custom versions, such as DMRS and VinAWARE,
- Watch the ASEAN DMRS video on YouTube.
Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) envisions a safer, more secure world—where populations live in more disaster-resilient communities informed by science and technology, and equipped with sound decision support tools. To help make that vision a reality, PDC is dedicated to supporting evidence-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts by providing actionable information and applications to the public and disaster managers worldwide. PDC, a program managed by the University of Hawaii, was established by the U.S. government in 1996.