September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.
Preparing for an emergency or disaster can be challenging; there is no single recipe for preparedness because all families are different and may have different needs. Ready Virginia has established the 2016 National Preparedness Month’s theme as: One Month, One kit to highlight the different needs of households: single individuals, couples, families with children, pets, older adults and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
This toolkit has key marketing and preparedness messaging you can use to develop communication products or share through your social media channels and spread the word about preparedness with your constituents and stakeholders. These messages can be customized to your local and/or regional needs.
Aug. 29 – 31 | Promote NPM
Week 1: Sept. 1 – 8 | Kickoff to NPM / Basic Kit
Week 2: Sept. 9 – 15 | People with disabilities and others with access and functional needs
Week 3: Sept. 16 – 22 | Pets
Week 4: Sept. 23 – 29 | Go-Kit /Car-Kit
Week 1: September 1-8 – Kickoff to NPM / Basic Kit [zip]
Week 2: September 9 -15 – People with disabilities and others with access and functional needs [zip]
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971