September is National Preparedness Month

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Montanans, Host a Neighborhood Preparedness Party!

This September marks the tenth 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 sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is supported by the Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen  Corps and state preparedness organizations across the country.

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.

How 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 others.

2. Research a location, date, and estimated number of participants and gather your local resources.

3. Submit an Event 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.

6. Host your event. Make sure to have participants sign in and don’t forget to take pictures!

7. Send an Final Report to the Governor’s Office of Community Service and celebrate that your community is more prepared!

 Resources to Get You Started

Map Your Neighborhood Program

Emergency Supply Kit Checklist

Fire Ready Montana Checklist

Winter Ready Montana Checklist



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