New England States Gear Up for National Preparedness Month 2013

National Preparedness Month has ACF Region I states of New England gearing up with resources and trainings. September is a great time to think about ways that your agency, community or family can prepare to stay safe and help others during a disaster or emergency.  Whether by taking a First Aid and CPR class, joining a service organization or just putting preparedness apps on your phone to help make better decisions in a disaster, there are lots of things that can be done now to help your loved ones and community stay safe when disaster strikes. Check out these resources:

Connecticut Guide to Emergency Preparedness

Rhode Island’s Guide to Making an Emergency Preparedness Kit – in English and Spanish

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency offers courses to help agencies, schools and organizations prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies. All courses are free of charge and taught by qualified instructors. For additional information and specific training needs please contact (401) 462.7122 or email the RI State Training Coordinator, Michelle Sansouci at

For more info on RI Community Trainings

New Hampshire believes emergency planning should involve everyone in the family. Children need to be involved because knowing what to do in an emergency will provide them with reassurance that they are being protected, even during dangerous conditions. Check out the games and puzzles that are designed to familiarize children with emergency planning and help to demystify disasters -- ReadyNH is New Hampshire's emergency preparedness website:

2013 Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference: The only statewide emergency preparedness conference will be held Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. For the Conference schedule, presentations and registration:

"Together We're Ready: Massachusetts Prepared"  Massachusetts' efforts have focused on individual and family preparedness and highlight considerations for individuals with access and functional needs.The website includes brochures in various languages (Spanish, Portugese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese and Chinese). Also find a link to a video from FEMA explaining the importance of thinking about emergency preparedness for people with disabilities and other access needs with American sign language translation included:

Maine Emergency Management Agency offers a website with comprehensive links to resources, tips and procedures for emergencies. Check these out Mainers to get ready. Be Ready!

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services hosts a comprehensive site with links to national resources on all aspects of emergency preparedness: