Fire Department, Public Safety

National Preparedness Month: Make a Plan Week

September 1, 2020

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved this September.

All month, the Hayward Fire Department Emergency Service Office will be sharing information, tips and resources to help you and your family prepare for a disaster. September 1 - 5 is make a plan week.

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.

Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Staying connected during an emergency can be as simple as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Collect: Create a paper copy of the contact information for your family and other important people/offices.
  2. Share: Make sure everyone carries a copy in his or her backpack, purse, or wallet.
  3. Practice: Have regular household meetings to review and practice your plan.

Visit for templates, tips and more information.