September Is National Preparedness Month: Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.

A logo for National Preparedness Month. It features the name of the month, 2020, and the words "Disasters Don't Wait, Make Your Plan Today." at the bottom. At the top are green graphics of a phone ringing, a checklist, a teddy bear, a flashlight and a battery.

The Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) recognizes National Preparedness Month (NPM) each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved this September.

The 2020 NPM theme is: “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” Throughout the month, Houston OEM will be sharing preparedness tips via our websites and social media channels:

Week 1 September 1-5: Make A Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.

Week 2 September 6-12: Build A Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home.  Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

Week 3 September 13-19: Prepare for Disasters

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.

Week 4 September 20-26: Teach Youth About Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

For more information about helping your neighborhood get ready for hurricane season during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit


About: The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is the chief coordinating agency for disaster response in the nation’s fourth-largest City. Houston OEM provides emergency response coordination and communication assistance to City agencies and serves as liaison to regional, state, and federal agencies during times of emergency. In addition, OEM engages with the local community to promote emergency preparedness through a variety of initiatives. More information can be found at and on social media – @HoustonOEM and @AlertHouston on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.