As most Floridians know, we have had our share of hurricanes, tornados, flooding, and of course, now, we are all impacted by COVID-19. So, National Preparedness Month is something we need to focus on and learn from… and make your plan today!

This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is: “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”

Each week during September a specific preparedness component will be featured, and Positively Osceola will be breaking each week down so we can all maximize our learning potential during the month. Here are the preparedness components that make up National Preparedness Month:

Week 1 September 1-5: Make A Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.

Week 2 September 6-12: Build A Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

Week 3 September 13-19: Prepare for Disasters

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.

Week 4 September 20-26: Teach Youth About Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved and how they can join you in making a plan and being prepared.