September is NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH. FEMA provides agencies, non-profits and individuals with great tool kits. We’ve taken the FEMA 2017 Weekly Themes and added ideas that are especially relevant to farmers and ranchers.
We usually associate FEMA with disaster response, but the greater message is about year-round preparedness and to engage the whole community. Data compiled over more than a decade shows that communities working together rebound faster financially, physically, and emotionally.
Across the nation the role models for community resilience, time and again, are those in rural areas. Farmers and ranchers, faith-based groups, and other small-town organizations traditionally and historically have come together to help each other out in times of crisis.
As urban/suburban development eats up more and more ag land, and the boundaries between city and country become increasingly blurred, much of the neighbor-to-neighbor connections have been lost. FEMA, and common sense, point toward the vital importance of neighborliness and personal preparedness.
Make September the start of the your “Year of Preparedness”!
Take a moment to explore FEMA’s Preparedness Month Weekly Themes and create your own action plan for your family, your business, and your community.
FEMA National Preparedness Month – 2017 Weekly Themes
Week 1: September 1-9 Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
Remember to make plans for livestock, workers, and non-English speakers
Week 2: September 10-16 Plan to Help Your Neighbors and Community
Get to know your neighbors, exchange contacts, and make plan “mutual aid” plan and assess risks.
Week 3: September 17-23 Practice And Build Out Your Plans
Hold family safety meetings and drills just as you do in your work place. Create a phone tree. Update your site plans and note new construction.
Week 4: September 24-30 Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
Volunteer with Red Cross, church, or other community group. Join a CERT (Certified Emergency Response Team). Start a Community Animal Response Team (CART).