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Get Your Pets Ready During National Pet Preparedness Month

June marks National Pet Preparedness Month and is a perfect opportunity for you to learn how to plan for your pet's safety during an emergency event.

If you need to evacuate your home for any reason do not forget to plan for your furry, scaly, or feathered friends. The Ready Campaign offers guidance and tips with regard to:

  • Making a pet emergency plan.
  • Preparing shelter for your pet.
  • Protecting your pet during a disaster and caring for them afterwards.
  • Tips for large animals.

Learn more about how to prepare your pet(s) for emergency situations at . If you would like to help spread the word about National Pet Preparedness Month via your social networks, check out Ready's Pet Preparedness Social Media Toolkit for additional information.  


Before the Storm Comes, Create a Family Emergency Communication Plan

June 1 marks the beginning of Atlantic hurricane season and offers a great reminder to sit down with your family to develop an emergency communication plan.

Knowing where your loved ones are and how to get in touch with them in the event of a storm will give you peace of mind. Before the storm comes, check out the Prepareathon Hurricane Preparedness page with free tools, tips, and resources to help you prepare – including a guide to help you create your family emergency communication plan.

Planning starts with these three steps:

  1. Collect  – Create a paper copy of the contact information for your family and other important people and offices, such as medical facilities, doctors, schools, or service providers.
  2. Share  – Make sure everyone carries a copy in his or her backpack, purse, or wallet. If you complete your Family Emergency Communication Plan online at , you can print it onto a wallet-sized card. You should also post a copy in a central location in your home, such as your refrigerator or family bulletin board.
  3. Practice  – Have regular household meetings to review and practice your plan. 

Watch this video  to learn more about preparing for a Hurricane and download the Prepareathon How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide .


Learning Hands-Only CPR May Help Save a Life

Take some time this week to learn Hands-Only  Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation  ( CPR ).

June 1-7 is National CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Awareness Week . According to the American Heart Association (AHA) , Hands-Only CPR can be as effective as conventional CPR (i.e. with both compressions and breaths) for cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in public. It can double or even triple a person's chance of survival.

Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps. If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, the AHA recommends you:

  1. Call 911.
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a familiar song that has 100 to 120 beats per minute (please reference AHA's hands-only CPR fact sheet for examples ).

Visit to watch the Hands-Only CPR video and share it during National CPR and AED Awareness Week with the hashtag #CPRsaveslives.

Please note the AHA still recommends CPR with compressions and breaths for infants, children, and victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.


Webinar: Resources, Partners, and Tips to Help Keep Your Office, House of Worship, or Community Center Safe

The Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, members of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, and others offer numerous resources to assist faith-based and community organizations with their efforts to prepare for all types of hazards, whether natural or human-caused. This webinar will highlight federal resources and partners to help community and faith leaders improve the safety and security of their facilities.

Title: Resources, Partners, and Tips to Help Keep Your Office, House of Worship, or Community Center Safe

Date: Tuesday, June 13

Time:   2 – 3:30 p.m. EDT

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope to that you will be able to join us on June 13!


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