It’s time to celebrate Get Ready Day! Is your family prepared for emergencies that might come your way? This is the perfect time to make a plan and take simple steps that can help keep you healthy and safe in the face of disasters.
APHA’s Get Ready Day is held annually on the third Tuesday in September, National Preparedness Month. This year we’re celebrating Get Ready Day on Sept. 15!
Natural disasters are already getting more severe — and climate change is only expected to make things worse. And systemic racism means the effects of both COVID-19 and climate events have disproportionately affected communities of color. Yet surveys show many Americans are underprepared and don’t have an emergency plan.
Get Ready Day, held the third Tuesday in September, encourages health workers, organizations, community groups and students to join APHA in raising awareness about the importance of getting prepared. The day is also a chance to start emergency preparedness conversations in your own household.
There are many ways to get involved with Get Ready Day:
- Create an emergency preparedness plan at home for yourself and your family. Make it a fun family activity!
- Put together an emergency stockpile with plenty of supplies to prepare for COVID-19 and other natural disasters.
- Make a plan to get this year’s flu shot! CDC’s Vaccine Finder shows you where you can get your shot in your neighborhood.
- Spread awareness about Get Ready Day and promote preparedness by posting Get Ready tools and shareables to your social media accounts using the #GetReadyDay hashtag. You can also share what you’re doing to stay safe and get prepared at home.
Let us know what you’re doing to stay safe and get prepared at home!