September is National Preparedness Month
The National Preparedness Month theme for September 2021 is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” Loudoun County encourages everyone to take part in National Preparedness Month, make a plan and know what to do during an emergency.
Throughout the month, look for preparedness information from the Loudoun County Office of Emergency Management through displays at the county’s community centers, senior centers and Loudoun County Public Library branches.
As you develop your household's emergency plan and disaster kit, keep the COVID-19 pandemic in mind in your preparations and take measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Remembering September 11
September 11, 2021, marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Two decades later, Loudoun and other area officials remain engaged on safety efforts and are continuing to focus on future risks. Learn more from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
September 2021: Emergency Preparedness Week by Week
The weekly themes for National Preparedness Month 2021 developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Week 1 - September 1-4: Make A Plan
Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster.
- Be Ready: Make a Plan
- How to Make a Family Disaster Plan
- Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19
- Include Financial Preparedness in Your Emergency Planning
- Make a Plan: For People with Disabilities
- Loudoun County Animal Services; Planning for Pets in an Emergency
Week 2 - September 5-11: Build A Kit
Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Make sure to include COVID-19 items such as face coverings, soap, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces.
Week 3 - September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness
Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards. Check your insurance coverage to make sure it is up-to-date.
- Know Potential Hazards for Loudoun and How to Prepare for Them
- Be "RapidSOS Ready" - Create a Free Emergency Health Profile
- Prepare for Flooding
- Participate in the Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Survey (Deadline is September 15, 2021.)
Week 4 - September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness
Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved. Whether you’re a young person yourself, a parent or loved one, or work with youth, there are tools and information available to help before, during and after disasters.
Know what types of disasters or emergencies might occur and know what protective measures to take before, during, and after an emergency.
- Sign up for Alert Loudoun: Get emergency information, news releases, traffic information, and more.
- Follow Loudoun County on Facebook and Twitter.
- Monitor local weather forecasts from the National Weather Service.
- From hurricanes to flooding to winter weather, learn how different types of hazards may affect you and what you can do to prepare.
- Learn more about how to be informed from Ready.Gov.
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Loudoun Medical Reserve Corps
- Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System.
- Loudoun Cares
- Corporation for National and Community Service
- Loudoun County Emergency Operations Plan