September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and a good reminder that we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves, families and our communities. Emergencies will happen, but taking action now can help to minimize the impact they will have on our lives. Throughout September, activities and events will take place across this country to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and to promote individual involvement, such as first aid training or town hall meetings.

Planning is a daily part of our routine. We plan our summer vacations, weekend activities and grocery store visits. We plan our children’s schedules and daily tasks. And without a doubt, endless lists often follow. There is one particular list that deserves to be checked twice…and it’s not the list you make in December. We’re talking about reviewing your emergency preparedness checklist and developing an emergency preparedness plan for your family.

The Ready Campaign encourages you to take a few extra minutes this month to plan in case of an emergency. Consider the following questions: Have you spoken to your children’s schools about their shelter-in-place and/or evacuation plans? Do you know the evacuation plan at your work? If your cell phone was inoperable, how would you get in touch with your family? Do you have a family meeting place and an out of town contact? These are just a few of the questions you should consider as you are developing your emergency plan.

Free preparedness resources are just a click away at or or by calling 1-800-BE-READY.  The Ready web site also has a special sections for kids, ages 8-12, (Ready Kids) and small- to medium-sized businesses (Ready Business). Emergencies can happen anytime and to anyone – Ready or not.

Spread the Word

Encourage your family and friends to get involved in the National Preparedness effort.

Product User Tips

Key Contacts and Family & Friends Form

Being prepared includes knowing how to contact important advisors, professionals, family members and friends. The PortaVault includes a Key Contacts and Family & Friends form to assist you in gathering this information. Other solutions for maintaining easy access to key contact information include:

  • Keeping your advisors’ business cards in the PortaVault.
  • Periodically printing out your electronic address book and placing it in the PortaVault.