Resolve to Be Ready for National Preparedness

National Preparedness Month is a campaign to highlight the need for preparedness, but preparedness is a year-round effort.

Roughly half of all Americans make New Year's resolutions. In 2014, FEMA and the Ad Council are encouraging them to Resolve to be Ready for potential emergencies by committing to make preparedness a year-round family activity.

Winging it is not an emergency plan. Talk to your kids about who to call, where to meet, what to pack. Visit for tips and information.

This year's Resolve to be Ready campaign focuses on 'Family Connection' to reinforce the importance of parents including their children in preparedness conversations in advance of potential disasters. The Ready campaign makes an emergency preparedness resolution easy to keep by recommending families consider these three ideas when making a plan:who to call, where to meet and what to pack.

The campaign includes age-appropriate tools and resources to introduce conversations about disaster preparedness to children on, including a downloadable family emergency plan, emergency kit checklists and guidelines on how to make preparedness a year-round family activity. Check out the materials that you can use in your community to get families prepared in 2014.

Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog

  • Preparedness social media messages
  • #Prepared2014 Thunderclap message
  • Ready Kids public service announcement and emergency preparedness videos
  • Downloadable family emergency plan templates, emergency kit checklists, and disaster fact sheets for kids
  • Facebook cover photo, banner, and square graphic
  • Learn about these tools in Spanish: Propóngase estar listo en el año 2014
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