September is National Preparedness Month

Host a Neighborhood Preparedness Party!

This September marks the ninth annual National Preparedness Month, a national campaign that encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and communities. National Preparedness Month is led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is sponsored by the Ready Campaign in partnership with the Citizen Corps and other state preparedness organizations.

Montanans can participate in National Preparedness Month by hosting a Neighborhood Preparedness Party! Bring your community together to learn about emergency preparedness and what to do in times of disaster. The Governor’s Office of Community Service can help support your event with emergency supply starter kits and emergency preparedness resources. Hosting a Neighborhood Preparedness Party is easy to do and it is a great way to get to know your neighbors while preparing your community for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.

Steps to Host a Neighborhood Preparedness Party
  1. Plan your party with your local community leaders and volunteers like Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinators, Red Cross Volunteers, Schools, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs, Fire Departments, Police Departments, and volunteer centers.
  2. Research a location, date, and estimated number of participants and gather your local resources.
  3. Submit a Supply Request to the Governor’s Office of Community Service at
  4. The Governor’s Office of Community Service will send you emergency supply starter kit bags and Map Your Neighborhood resources.
  5. Promote your event. Make posters and consider inviting your local media. You can also register with the National Preparedness Coalition and Pledge to Prepare at
  6. Host your event. Make sure to have participants sign in and don’t forget to take pictures!
  7. Send an Event Evaluation to the Governor’s Office of Community Service and celebrate that your community is prepared!
Resources to Get You Started

Contact Katie Gallagher, Grants Coordinator, at 406-444-1718 or


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