September is National Preparedness Month, Get Ready With!
In observance of National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, encourages you and your family to learn more about what it means to be ready in the event of an emergency.

Whether in preparation for a natural or manmade disaster, there are three basic steps that all individuals should take:

Get a Kit Make sure each kit contains enough water, food and supplies for at least three days for each person included in the emergency plan.

Make a Plan Creating a plan can help avoid confusion in an emergency; be sure to check out emergency plans for your community, workplace or child?s school.

Stay Informed Learn what types of disasters could effect your area and how to prepare appropriately.

For more information and to see what?s happening in your community go to or download FEMA's Are You Ready? guide.

While good preparation is key in a disaster, there are also a variety of programs to assist you in the recovery process. Select ?Disaster Relief? from the Benefits Quick Search on the homepage to view programs you may be eligible to receive, including Business Physical Disaster Loans, Crop Insurance, Disaster Unemployment Assistance and many others.

If you are affected by a disaster, visit to complete an online application for disaster assistance or take an anonymous questionnaire to determine the forms of assistance you may be eligible to receive.