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2017 National Preparedness Month

Week 1: Sept 1-9
Theme: Make a Plan for Yourself, Family, & Friends

 September is National Preparedness Month!

Get Prepared Monrovia! Each week in September we will share tips and ideas for getting prepared. This week we challenge you to make plans for yourself, your family, and your friends. Disasters don’t plan ahead but you can.

  • Make your emergency plan today. Two great resources for planning are the Monrovia Prepares brochure and visit Ready.gov.
  • Have a conversation with your family about where to meet and how to stay in contact during an emergency. Think about where everyone is during different parts of the day. Include an out of state contact that can keep track of everyone.
  • Talk to your neighbors and develop a neighborhood plan. Think about who needs extra help, whose children are home alone after school, and who has specialized skills or equipment what would be helpful in a disaster.

Take the challenge Monrovia and complete your first step to disaster resiliency. Make A Plan Pic - Photo Credit FEMA-Jana Baldwin

Photo Credit: FEMA/Jana Baldwin


Week 2: Sept 10-16
Theme: Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

This week our National Preparedness Month focus is planning to help your neighbors and community. There are many ways to help out. Pick the one that fits you:

  • Taking a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class is a great way to make a direct impact for your family, neighbors and Monrovia. CERT training includes basic preparedness, how to shut off utilities, disaster medical and light search and rescue as well as other topics. Check Monrovia Fire and Rescue’s CERT page for more information!
  • Learn skills you will need until help arrives. Taking a first aid or CPR class will give you basic medical skills to help your family and neighbors. For more information, contact: The American Red Cross and/or The American Heart Association
  • Check on your neighbors, especially those that might need some extra help.

   CERT Sandbag Saturday Photo


Week 3: Sept 17-23
Theme: Practice and Build Out Your Plans

This week our National Preparedness Month challenge is practicing and building out your plans. Not only do you need to make your plan, you need to test it and revise it. Not everything works the way you think it will.

  • What important documents should you have in your emergency kit? The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit explains them all.
  • Gather & store critical personal, household, & medical information for easy access during a disaster. If you are techie type, save copies of your documents to the cloud.
  • Build your home, car, and work emergency kits. Have at least a one-week supply of medications. Keep some cash in small denominations on hand. See Monrovia Fire and Rescue’s kit suggestions: and FEMA’s suggestions.
  • Participate in local preparedness events.

Build A Kit - Photo Credit-FEMA-Jana Baldwin

 Photo Credit: FEMA/Jana Baldwin



 Week 4: Sept 24-30
Theme: Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

This is our last installment of National Preparedness Month tips. The theme is get involved and be part of something larger. Is your business, place of employment, or house of worship prepared? Do you have children in local schools or maybe older students in college?

If you own a business, develop a preparedness program for your business to plan for and reduce the impact of disasters. Visit www.ready.gov/business for more information. 

  • Prepare and train your staff. Contact Monrovia Fire and Rescue to schedule a Business Emergency Response Team training.
  • Faith-based venues can become targets. Protect your congregation & house of worship by preparing for emergencies: Visit www.fema.gov/faith-resources for more information. 
  • Know the emergency procedures for your child’s school. Check if the school needs any emergency supplies – maybe there is a big ticket item the PTA can fundraise. If you volunteer on campus know how to help in an emergency and follow staff directions.
  • Make sure your college student is prepared for an emergency. Know the campus emergency procedures and notification system. Have a plan for keeping in contact whether your student is a commuter or lives on campus. If your student is attending college out of the area, know the hazards and disasters for that area.

 Emergency Contacts - Photo Credit-FEMA-Jana Baldwin

Photo Credit: FEMA/Jana Baldwin


 Check out Los Angeles County's 2017 Prepareathon
for a complete list of upcoming events and activities!

LA County's Prepareathon Picture