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National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month 2015: Prepare for Everywhere

Throughout September, CDC and more than 3000 organizations—national, regional, and local governments, as well as private and public organizations—will support emergency preparedness efforts and encourage Americans to take action. For Preparedness Month 2015, the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response plans to focus on communities of preparedness. Each week, we will focus our messaging and products on the following unique areas:

  • Week 1: Family - Disaster preparedness starts with personal preparedness for you and your family. Each family has unique needs that must be accounted for in their preparedness plans. Children, older adults, and individuals with medical conditions and physical disabilities all have unique needs during and after disasters. We will talk about incorporating unique needs into emergency preparedness to ensure that the needs of the entire family are included in preparedness plans.
  • Week 2: Neighborhood - Those in closest proximity to you during an emergency are most likely to be the first to offer help.  Messages will encourage individuals to meet neighbors and develop emergency preparedness plans with those who live around them--taking into account individuals' unique needs. The focus will be community resilience and preparedness on a neighborhood and community level.
  • Week 3: Workplace and School - Whether you are at work or home or your child is in school it is important for individuals to know specific threats and hazards in their area, emergency signals, evacuation routes, and locations of shelters in their community.  We will encourage people to maintain an emergency preparedness kit at work and discuss disaster plans with their co-workers.
  • Week 4: Global - With the ease of air travel, infectious diseases can spread rapidly. Global health security is an ongoing priority that requires individuals to be aware of their health and safety when they are travelling abroad.  Messages will focus on preparing for public health threats before, during, and after travel to protect everyone's health.
  • Final 4 Days: Online - We will highlight the importance of sharing preparedness resources with your online social media community (social networks, apps, texting).


For each topic in September, PHPR plans to release Public Health Matters blog posts, social media messages (including a Twitter chat), and graphics. Visit CDC’s National Preparedness Month webpage for links to all of our National Preparedness Month content.

  • @CDCemergency will host a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, September 16 at 2pm EST on preparedness and community resilience. Use #CDCprep to join the conversation.
  • Preparedness Month 2015 Meet Your Neighbors
  • Please support our Thunderclap! Thunderclap is a social media tool that allows supporters to sign up in advance to share a unified message at a specific time via their individual Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr account. The collective action creates a wave of support – or “thunderclap” – across social media. Our thunderclap will go live on September 30 at 12PM EST and encourages individuals to meet their neighbors and start building a strong, healthy community.

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Also in September, all federal agencies will come together to promote the fall PrepareAthon. The PrepareAthon is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and national level exercises conducted each fall and spring. The month will culminate in the National Day of Action on September 30.

PrepareAthon messages will focus on specific hazards this fall: winter weather, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and flooding. For more information, visit

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Follow us on social media (@CDCemergency on Twitter and CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response on Facebook), bookmark our Public Health Matters blog, and sign up for GovDelivery email updates.

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Throughout National Preparedness Month we will be working with multiple organizations across the country to promote our multiple communities of preparedness. To see a full list of our partners and their National Preparedness Month activities visit our partnership resources.

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