September is National Preparedness Month
The National Preparedness Month theme for September 2019 is “Prepared, Not Scared." Loudoun County encourages everyone to take part in National Preparedness Month, make a plan and know what to do during an emergency. This includes having an up-to-date contact list for those you may need to reach during a disaster and establishing alternate methods of communication in case traditional means are not available.
There are four simple steps that you can take to be prepared for emergencies:
Step 1: Be Informed
Know what types of disasters or emergencies might occur and know what protective measures to take before, during, and after an emergency.
- Sign up for Alert Loudoun: Get emergency information, news releases, traffic information, and more.
- Follow Loudoun County on Facebook and Twitter.
- Monitor local weather forecasts from the National Weather Service.
- From hurricanes to flooding to winter weather, learn how different types of hazards may affect you and what you can do to prepare.
- Learn more about how to be informed from Ready.Gov.
Step 2: Make a Plan
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
- Be Ready: Make a Plan
- How to Make a Family Disaster Plan
- Include Financial Preparedness in Your Emergency Planning
- Make a Plan: For People with Disabilities
- Virginia Department of Emergency Management: Make a Plan
- Loudoun County Animal Services; Planning for Pets in an Emergency
Step 3: Build a Kit
A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency.
Step 4: Get involved
- Volunteer with organizations that support disaster efforts in our community, such as the Loudoun Medical Reserve Corps or the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System. Loudoun Cares connects local organizations with volunteers. The Corporation for National and Community Service is a a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service.
- Read the Loudoun County Emergency Operations Plan
Watch for tips throughout the month on Loudoun County's Facebook and Twitter sites, engage online using the hash tags #PrepareNow and #ReadyLoudoun and follow on Twitter and Facebook for more information on how to prepare for specific hazards.