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National Preparedness Month 2019
Fairview Elementary School
Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Media Contact: Office of Public Affairs

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IDHS encourages Hoosiers to get involved with National Preparedness Month 2019

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) encourages Hoosier families to take the necessary steps to make sure households are prepared for all types of disasters.

“Preparation can help mitigate the effects and stress caused by any disaster or emergency,” said David Hosick, communications director for IDHS. “Indiana is prone to many different types of severe weather all throughout the year. Taking the time to learn how to prepare for an emergency can greatly increase your chances of staying safe.”

National Preparedness Month is the perfect opportunity for Hoosiers to learn lifesaving skills, such as CPR and first aid, how to check insurance policies for common hazards and how to make and practice a household emergency plan. Tornadoes, fires, snow and severe flooding are common occurrences to Hoosiers. Knowing how to stay prepared for these types of situations will not only minimize the effects, but also save lives.

Some helpful safety tips to consider are:

  • Become aware of disasters that could occur in the local area. Learn what to look for and what to avoid in each 
  • Discuss possible emergency scenarios with family members. Include events such as fires, natural disasters and man-made disasters. Make sure everyone in the family or workplace knows the steps involved in responding to these 
  • Establish meeting locations in the event of a potential disaster, and make sure all family members and employees are aware of them
  • Create a list of emergency contacts, and share it with family members and friends

National Preparedness Month also emphasizes the importance of creating and updating an emergency disaster kit. For more information on how to craft an effective emergency kit and emergency plan, visit

Hoosiers are encouraged to follow IDHS on TwitterFacebook and Instagram during September to learn more best practices on how to be prepared before a disaster strikes.


Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Established in 2005, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) leads the way to a safer and more secure Indiana. With jurisdictions involving emergency management, building code enforcement, as well as training and certification for first responders around the state, IDHS works around the clock to protect the people, property and prosperity of Indiana. For more information about IDHS, visit