National Preparedness Month 2022 

2022 Theme: A Lasting Legacy (The life you’ve built is worth protecting. Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family.)

Ready.gov states that National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. 

In 2021, FEMA’s Ready Campaign and the Ad Council broke ground by producing the first-ever national preparedness campaign specifically targeting the Latino community for National Preparedness Month. Released during Hispanic Heritage month, the advertisements centered around the Latino community’s commitment to personal planning for occasions and family milestones as a bridge to also planning for disasters.

This one-of-a-kind campaign is committed to putting people first and reaching communities where they are. To continue these efforts, this year’s National Preparedness Month campaign will feature a call to action for the Black and African American community.

This year’s national public service announcements are being developed and will be released throughout the country this September, to help get preparedness information into the hands of those who live in underserved communities.

2022 Weekly Themes

Laurel OEM will be having different themes each week in September to emphasize various aspects of being prepared:

  • Week 1: September 1-4: Make a Plan
  • Week 2: September 5-11: Build a Kit
  • Week 3: September 12-18: Prepare to Protect
  • Week 4: September 19-25: Personal Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities and Functional Access Needs
  • Week 5: September 26-30: Teach Youth about Preparedness

Follow along with us as we provide our best advice about the ways you and your family can stay safe and be prepared for disasters! More at https://www.ready.gov/september. #LastingLegacy


  • Children are the future & an important part of building a national culture of preparedness. Teach your kids how to #BeReady this hurricane season! Find fun activities & safety tips: ready.gov/kids
  • Build a #LastingLegacy: Prepare your kids for disasters and emergencies. Take time to make a plan and have conversations about preparedness. Help them know how to stay safe and navigate potentially scary situations. Ready.gov/kids #NPM2022
  • Disasters can leave children and teens feeling frightened, confused and insecure. Their responses can be quite varied. It's important to not only recognize these reactions, but also help children cope with their emotions. #NPM2022 https://www.ready.gov/helping-children-cope

Emergency Kit

  • This National Preparedness Month, we are reminding you to build your emergency kit. Don’t forget to include:
    • Non-perishable food and water that can last several days.
    • Flashlights, radios & extra batteries.
    • First aid kit.
  • An emergency kit should have everything you need to survive for several days. Keeping your kit stocked with necessities like food, water, and medical care can make the difference in the face of a disaster. Ready.gov/kit
  • Build an emergency supply kit this #NationalPreparednessMonth! Consider unique needs of your family. Include supplies that might be needed by pets, older adults, and those with disabilities in the event of the emergency. Ready.gov/kit

Make a plan

  • Make a plan this #NationalPreparednessMonth!
    • Consider any special needs your family might have.
    • Make sure your kids know important phone numbers.
    • Learn your evacuation routes.
  • Disasters can happen anywhere, any time. That’s why it’s important you’re prepared. Do you have a plan for yourself, your pets, and your family? Consider the specific needs you might have in an emergency. Ready.gov/plan


Your pets are also part of your legacy! Add these items in your emergency bag in case you need to evacuate with your four-legged buddies:

  • A selfie with them in case you get separated.
  • Medicine & grooming items.
  • Collar with an ID & a leash.

#LastingLegacy #NationalPreparednessMonth #BePrepared