September is National Preparedness Month

Recognized each September, National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to remind REALTORS® and their clients that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This year’s celebration will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.

The REALTOR® Party is raising awareness about disaster risks and the simple, proactive steps everyone can take to be better prepared. Together, with our members, we can build a culture of preparedness and ready the nation for catastrophic disasters.

Take time to learn lifesaving skills, such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of the last four years have reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters and the National Flood Insurance Program.  Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.

Weekly Themes

Stay tuned for to each of the four weekly themes and share content on your websites, newsletters and social media pages.

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.

REALTOR® Resources

NAR’s REALTOR Safety Program
NAR has a wealth of resources to help agents, brokers, and associations better understand and educate each other about the safety risks they face.

Make a Plan With Sellers to Sanitize Listings
From pre-showing cleaning checklists to real estate-branded masks, agents are helping clients take steps to protect their health when their home is on the market.
August 13, 2020 | By Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Do You Have A Disaster Plan? Here’s Why You Should
The wide-ranging tumult this year serves as a powerful reminder about the need to have a plan in place to protect your business through uncertain times.
August 4, 2020  | REALTOR® Magazine Daily News

4 Tips for Navigating Property Showings During the Pandemic
As the COVID-19 risk persists, follow these four suggestions for keeping you and your clients safe.
July 13, 2020 | By Adrian Fisher

Should Employers Test for COVID-19?
Business owners are struggling with which workplace safety measures to implement as people return to work.
July 7, 2020

Resources to Share

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. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

Basic Disaster Supply List
A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own foodwater and other supplies to last for several days. In addition, the CDC has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of coronavirus or other viruses and the flu.

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.

Laura Won’t Be 2020’s Last Devastating Hurricane, Forecasters Warn
Homeowners need to be ready and insured for what’s predicted to be a lively hurricane season.
August 28, 2020

Hurricanes, Wildfires, Pandemic: Mortgage Help Is Available
Disasters are mounting, but struggling homeowners can find assistance. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae offer forbearance programs for up to 12 months.
August 27, 2020

How Real Estate Investors are Preparing for Environmental Changes
While climate risks continue to affect the housing market, industry leaders innovate for a more sustainable future.
July 30, 2020 | By Ally Stegman

Protecting your Home

How to Clean Up (and Forget the Nightmare) of Basement Flooding
You can cope with the soppy mess of a basement flood cleanup. Here’s how.

9 Ways to Disaster-Proof Your Home Against Summer Storms
Turns out a tidy yard and clean gutters do way more than just look nice.

5 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Home From Severe Weather
Freaky weather happens. Here’s how to protect your home when severe storms strike.

Do You Know Where the Batteries for Your Smoke Detectors Are?
Your smoke detector is of no use to you if the batteries aren’t in. Are your smoke detectors in working order?

13 Tips for Home Wildfire Protection
All it takes is for one ember to fall on your roof. Don’t let it happen.

Understanding Your Coverage

What Does Flood Insurance Cover?
Find out what qualifies as a flood, and how flood insurance works.

Glossary of Insurance Terms for Homeowners
Decipher your homeowner insurance policy with this easy-to-use glossary of common terms.

Umbrella Insurance and Homeowner Liability
Umbrella insurance offers added homeowner liability protection that kicks in after homeowners insurance reaches its coverage limits.

Historic Home Insurance: Why You Need It and How to Get It
Your unique historic home needs a unique historic home insurance policy that offers restoration coverage and full replacement options.

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.

Ready.gov Resources for Kids
Looking for activities, information, or other tools to help you and children and youth in your life prepare for disasters? Need disaster planning and guidance materials to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and youth into your organization’s emergency planning? This resource library can help you find what you’re looking for—even if you’re not sure yet. Search by keyword or use the filters below to start exploring.

Education Curriculum
Between classes, testing, and ever-changing requirements, educators know that bringing disaster readiness into the classroom can be challenging. That’s why FEMA educational resources were designed with flexibility in mind.