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30 Days 30 Ways: 30 Days of Preparedness

Get prepared for emergencies in 30 days with these 30 ways to prepare!

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What is 30 Days 30 Ways?

September is Emergency Preparedness Month and a perfect time to prepare for emergencies and disasters. Massachusetts faces a variety of hazards and threats throughout the year.

Being prepared can reduce your family’s anxiety over what to do during a disaster and will increase your resiliency following a disaster.

Even though getting prepared may seem overwhelming, it’s easy to do by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable steps. If you complete one task each day throughout the month, you'll be prepared before you change the calendar.

Preparing can be simple, affordable, and done over time - take a small step each day to be better prepared for emergencies. Check out the 30 ways below to get prepared in 30 days!


30 Ways

Wednesday, September 1 - Spend 10 minutes today and make an evacuation plan. Plan where you would go, how you'd get there, what you'd take with you and more:

Thursday, September 2 - What would you need & do if your power, cell service & internet was out for a day or a week? Think about the things you would need to stay safe and update your plans & supplies to be better prepared.

Friday, September 3 - Put a copy of insurance policies, household inventory & other important documents outside your home, in cloud storage or on a flash drive. Download the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit for guidance:

Saturday, September 4 - Look up & learn about your flood zone at While you may be required to have flood insurance if you live in a flood zone, you can buy flood insurance even if you don't live in a flood zone. Learn more:

Sunday, September 5 - Your family may not be together when disaster strikes. Make an emergency plan that includes two meeting locations - one close to home and one farther away. Learn more:

Monday, September 6 - This week when you get groceries, buy water to include with your supplies. ✅1 gallon of water per person/per day for at least 3 days. ✅Kids, nursing mothers, pet owners & those with medical conditions may need more

Tuesday, September 7 - Contact your local public safety officials to learn about local notification & alert systems and how to enroll to receive community alerts.

Wednesday, September 8 - If you receive medical treatments or home health care services, work with your medical provider to determine how to maintain care and service if you are unable to leave your home during a hurricane or other emergency.

Thursday, September 9 - Check this interactive map to learn if you live, work, or vacation in a hurricane evacuation zone:

Friday, September 10 - Your family may not be together when disaster strikes. Make an emergency plan that includes an emergency contact plan so you can connect after a disaster. Learn more:

Saturday, September 11 - Pick one or more safety skills to learn keep you safe and you'll be able to help others: ✅Take a First Aid and CPR Class ✅Learn to Use a Fire Extinguisher ✅Know How to Shut Off Utilities

Sunday, September 12 - Put a small amount of cash aside in a safe place or with emergency supplies for use in an emergency. ATMs and credit card machines won’t always be available after a disaster or power outage.

Monday, September 13 - This week when you're shopping, buy extra batteries for your flashlights, radios, and any other items you'd need during a power outage.

Tuesday, September 14  - Pets are important members of many households, and like people, they are affected by disasters. Spend 10 minutes and make an emergency plan for your pets & service animals - what you'd need, where you'd take them, and more:

Wednesday, September 15 - Help a friend, family member, or neighbor prepare for emergencies. Someone you know may need help gathering supplies, making an emergency plan, or preparing their home. Discuss your preparations & see how you can help them.

Thursday, September 16 - Buy at least one item for an emergency kit for your car - things you may need in winter and year round: phone charger, first aid kit, food, flashlight, tools, and more:

Friday, September 17 - Review your insurance policies to see if you have adequate coverage, including flood insurance. If you're not sure you have enough coverage, talk to your agent or insurance company.

Saturday, September 18 - Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) on cell phones save lives! Check your phone's settings to ensure that emergency alerts are enabled to be able to receive important alerts to stay safe.

Sunday, September 19 - What should you do in: an earthquake? a tornado? a flash flood? a power outage? Spend 10 minutes and talk with your whole family about what to do before, during, and after different types of emergencies and severe weather:

Monday, September 20 - This week when you're shopping, buy at least one extra item that you'd need for your pets during emergencies such as food, treats, toy and other supplies:

Tuesday, September 21 - Download an emergency preparedness app for your smartphone. One suggestion is the FEMA app which includes weather alerts, safety tips, and more:

Wednesday, September 22 - Preparing for emergencies doesn't have to be expensive. Buy items at a discount store that you'd need in case of an emergency or power outage like food, water, batteries, and other supplies:

Thursday, September 23 - If you don't have it, consider buying flood insurance. Whether you are inside or outside of a floodplain & whether you are a homeowner, renter, or business owner, you can purchase a flood insurance policy from the NFIP.

Friday, September 24 - Check the flashlights, batteries, and conditions & expiration dates of your emergency supplies. Restock or replace any items as necessary. Re-think your emergency kit needs every year & update as your needs change.

Saturday, September 25 - Emergencies may strike at any time - learn about emergency plans at your workplace, children’s school or daycare, or other places where your family spends time.

Sunday, September 26 - Test your smoke and CO alarms. Do they need new batteries? Are the smoke alarms more than 10 years old or is the CO alarm past expiration date? Then it's time to replace them.

Monday, September 27 - This week when you're shopping, buy any extra medical items, supplies, and a first aid kit so that you have the things you may need to stay safe during an emergency.

Tuesday, September 28 - Check if your local public safety agencies (police, fire, emergency management) have social media accounts and if so, follow them for local emergency information.

Wednesday, September 29 - Teach your kids know how to communicate during an emergency. Review these topics with them: (1) Dialing 9-1-1 for help (2) Emergency contact numbers (3) Sending text messages Learn more on how to prepare your family:

Thursday, September 30 - Inventory and photograph the contents of your home which you may need for your insurance after a disaster. Insurance information and home inventory checklist: