September is National Preparedness Month

    Posted: 8/26/2020
    COLUMBUS – September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) encourages residents to plan and prepare for all hazards before they happen.  The month serves as a timely reminder that emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere without advance notice.    

    This year’s theme is “Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” The campaign emphasizes that disasters won't wait for COVID-19 to end.  Residents should know how to respond and what to do should disaster strike during this global pandemic.  Citizens are reminded to be informed about the top risks facing Franklin County and register for ALERT Franklin County at to receive important information and weather alerts on their mobile devices. FCEM&HS encourages everyone to create and practice an emergency plan that includes all family members and pets and update their disaster supply kits to include face coverings, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.     

    “During these unprecedented times, it is now more important than ever to have an emergency plan," said Jeffrey J. Young, Director of Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security. "Residents should follow the latest CDC guidelines regarding the coronavirus to update their emergency plans and disaster supply kits to stay safe and help slow the spread of the coronavirus."    

    Throughout National Preparedness Month, FCEM&HS will feature a different preparedness theme each week on Facebook and Twitter.  Weekly themes include:
    • Make A Plan
    • Build A Kit
    • Prepare for Disasters
    • Teach Youth About Preparedness 
    As part of National Preparedness Month, FCEM&HS encourages parents to include the whole family in the planning process.  Young children and teens can learn how to become better prepared, build an emergency supply kit and become a "Disaster Master" by playing online games at