Preparing for Disasters is Protecting Everyone You Love

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September 1, 2021

CHICAGO – September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 5 office in Chicago encourages everyone to take time out of their busy schedules to learn about the disasters that may threaten their community and take steps to limit the impacts of those risks for themselves and their families.

“The COVID-19 pandemic, hurricanes, wildfires and flooding throughout the country highlight the need to prepare yourself and your loved ones for disasters that could happen anywhere and at any time,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5. “This year’s theme is “Prepare to Protect,” which is a reminder that the best way to help your household and community recover from a disaster is by taking steps to prepare yourself and your family before disaster strikes.”

As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, this National Preparedness Month all Americans are encouraged to take the critical first step to be resilient before disasters strike by getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Everyone, ages 12 and older, is recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Get engaged each week by focusing on a different aspect of preparedness:

For detailed information about how to be ready for the emergencies you may be at risk for visit or our Spanish site at Learn more about National Preparedness Month by visiting

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FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

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