September is National Preparedness Month

As the southwest recovers from Hurricane Harvey, and the southeast braces for Hurricane Irma, now is a great time to remind IPARKS members of all of the resources available to help prepare for an emergency. Per the Department of Homeland Security, this year National Preparedness Month will focus on planning; thus, Homeland Security developed a Social Media Toolkit available to assist members with that planning. To access the vast emergency preparedness resources available through the Department of Homeland Security, click here. You can also learn how to build an emergency kit by visiting

In addition to the resources provided by Homeland Security, the IPARKS Resource eLibrary also offers a number of training opportunities on disaster preparedness. The Human Resources library contains an Emergency Preparedness Checklist and links to other federal resources. The DVD, Online Training and Video Streaming sections contain titles on Active Shooter Preparedness, Earthquake Safety, Disaster Readiness, and Tornadoes & Floods. And, Public Entity University offers the following online training courses:  

  • Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
  • Emergency Communication in the Workplace
  • Emergency Evacuation & Egress Safety
  • Emergency Response in the Workplace
  • Emergency Response: Incidental Chemical Releases
  • Employee Safety Awareness
  • Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response
  • Proactive Approaches to Chemical and Biological Threats
  • Survival Driving - Emergencies and Natural Disasters

Seasonal Preparedness Key Messages

Fire Safety

Identify a meeting place for your family or anyone you live with. Don’t Wait, Check the Date – Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.


Practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” Anchor loose items to a secure wall in your home. Text, don’t call.