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Prepare for Hurricane Irma

W hether you live in the path of Hurricane Irma , or know someone who does, or, if inland flooding may impact you, now is the time to prepare. Many Americans have already experienced the devastating impacts of this major hurricane.

History shows that storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly. Residents and visitors in areas potentially affected by the severe weather should continue to monitor local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information, and follow the instructions of state, local, and tribal officials. If told to evacuate, do so immediately.

Learn what the different hurricane categories mean and download Prepareathon's How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide . This guide includes a hurricane preparedness checklist, evacuation planning guidance, ways to protect your home from wind and water damage, as well as tips to stay safe and healthy while cleaning up after a storm.

Download the guide today, and share on your website or social media how to prepare for a hurricane, stay safe during a storm, and recover from an incident.

For additional free hurricane preparedness tools, tips, and resources – including the When the Waves Swell video, visit and the Prepareathon website .

For donation information about Hurricane Irma, go to the How To Help section on .

FEMA is looking to recruit personnel for temporary assignments in response to the hurricanes. For more information, go to .


Help Your Neighbor and Community During National Preparedness Month

The second week of National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2017 begins on Sunday, September 10.

Each week NPM focuses on a different preparedness action. The theme for, September 10-16, is, “Help Your Neighbor and Community.” Learn the skills you need to help yourself and others until help arrives. Consider the following preparedness steps from the Ready Campaign :

If you plan to host a preparedness event, we encourage you to share it on the Prepareathon website .

You can find more resources including the weekly themes, graphics, videos, and social media content in the NPM Toolkit .


Participate in the 9/11 Day of Service

More than 40 million people observe September 11 each year by doing good deeds and charitable service according to . This makes it the largest day of charitable activity in the United States.

Find ways to get yourself, your family, your organization, your employees, or your students involved with these tips:

For more information on the September 11 National Day of Service, visit . To find additional volunteer opportunities, visit or join your local Community Emergency Response Team


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