September has arrived and it’s time to recognize National Preparedness Month (NPM). As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved.

The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of people, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, businesses, and schools.

The 2020 NPM theme is: “Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today.”

Did you know that Belvoir’s top three hazards are high winds, structure fires and severe thunderstorms?

Any of these can occur suddenly and result in the loss of electricity or cellular service; damage to your residence, office, or vehicle; and separation from family members, co-workers, friends or pets.

The 2020 weekly themes for NPM are:

• Sept. 1-5—Make a plan.

• Sept. 6-12—Build a kit.

• Sept. 13-19—Prepare for disasters.

• Sept. 20-26—Teach youth about preparedness.

Here are tips and resources to develop or update emergency preparedness plans.

Step 1 Start by answering the following questions:

• How will you receive emergency alerts and warnings?

• What is your shelter plan?

• What are your primary and secondary evacuation routes?

• What preparations do you need during Coronavirus?

Step 2 Identify your household’s specific needs:

Tailor plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. This includes specific communication needs, care for children, business considerations, pets or specific, medical-support needs.

Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

• Different ages of members in your household

• Responsibilities for helping others

• Locations frequented

• Dietary needs

• Medical needs, including prescriptions and equipment

Step 3 Create and print a family emergency plan:

Visit ready.gov/plan to download a family emergency plan or use a guide to create your own.

Step 4 Practice your plan with your family/household:

Use September to update plans and test them with your household, co-workers and friends.

Remember to self-register in Fort Belvoir’s ALERT system at Alert.CSD.DISA.MIL and with Fairfax County at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts

New information will be added throughout the month on the Fort Belvoir Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FortBelvoir and Twitter at twitter.com/Fort_Belvoir.