Preparedness Newsletter

This Digest is provided by FEMA's Individual & Community Preparedness Division to highlight community preparedness and resilience resources, an important part of FEMA's mission to help people before, during, and after disasters. We're building a culture of preparedness together.

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September 2021 Individual and Community Preparedness Newsletter: National Preparedness Month


Ready Tips

September is National Preparedness Month! 

September 12-18:  Prepare for Disasters : Limit the impacts 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; act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.

September 19-25:  Teach Youth About Preparedness : Talk to your kids about how to prepare for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

To learn more about National Preparedness Month and the steps you can take to prepare all year long, visit


CERT & Communities

Community- and faith-based organizations can help diversify FEMA's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program . The CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area. It also trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

CERTs are pivotal in building personal and community resilience, so it is essential that all groups feel at ease accessing resources. That's why a fact sheet about CERTs and Basic Training is available in six languages. In addition to English, these materials are now available in Korean, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Vietnamese. All are free of charge.

The fact sheet highlights the benefits CERTs bring to the community. Basic Training materials, which include extensive instructor and participant manuals, are also available in multiple languages.

Numerous studies have shown that disasters disproportionately impact historically underserved communities, which often include populations where English is not the primary language. In fact, the latest U.S. Census Bureau American Home Survey shows that 25 million individuals are considered limited English proficient in the U.S. CERT Volunteers who speak languages other than English can be a valuable resource for both first responders and community members.

Organizations can share these new CERT materials with those they work with and serve. Order your free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) materials in multiple languages now! You can get your copies online or through the FEMA publications warehouse online ordering platform .


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