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Get ready during Emergency Preparedness Month

For more than 15 years, National Preparedness Month is observed each September in Indio and around the U.S. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month encourages family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. This year's theme is "Disasters: Don't wait. Make your plan today." Unfortunately due to COVID, CERT classes in Indio are on hold, but you can make a plan with your family using this week by week guide:

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.

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