September is National Preparedness Month

The National Preparedness Month theme for September 2023 is “Take Control in 1, 2, 3.” The campaign focuses on preparing older adults for disasters. Older adults can face greater risks when it comes to extreme weather events and emergencies, especially if they are living alone, are low-income or have a disability. 

Loudoun County encourages older residents as well as people of all ages to take time during National Preparedness Month to prepare themselves and their families for the many types of hazards that could affect Loudoun County by making a plan and learning 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, the Loudoun County Government Center and Loudoun County Public Library branches.  

Link to information about National Preparedness Month

Emergency Preparedness: Step by Step

By taking a few simple steps today, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies that could occur anytime and anywhere. 

  • Step 1: Make a Plan: Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan ahead for how to get to a safe place, contact loved ones and reunite once the emergency is over. Online planning tools for families, businesses and places of worship can be found at ReadyNOVA. 
  • Step 2: Build a Kit. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency, including items that can protect against COVID-19, including hand sanitizer, soap, disinfectant wipes and face coverings. If pets are part of your family, include items such as a selfie with your pet in case you get separated, medicine and grooming items as well as a collar and leash. Find out more at
  • Step 3: Be Informed: Know the types of hazards that may occur and how you will receive information before, during and after an emergency. Sign up for Alert Loudoun to get emergency information and other Loudoun County news and information. Monitor local weather forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Throughout National Preparedness Month, follow Loudoun County Government on Facebook and Twitter for tips on preparing yourself and your family for all types of hazards. 

Be Informed

Know what types of disasters or emergencies might occur and know what protective measures to take before, during, and after an emergency.

Additional Resources

Engage Online

Watch for emergency preparedness information posted throughout the month from Loudoun County on Facebook and Twitter.