September is National Preparedness Month. When people talk about emergencies our minds tend to turn to examples of huge global catastrophe: terrorism, tsunamis or perhaps a pandemic.
But what if we told you that being prepared isn’t just for those headline-grabbing incidents? Power cuts, water main bursts, gas leaks, transport strikes, road closures – these are things we could experience every day.
Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) is encouraging people to be prepared, not scared by completing one simple challenge each day throughout September.
30 Days, 30 Ways UK is a preparedness and community resilience campaign which started in Northamptonshire 6 years ago. The campaign starts on September 1 in line with National Preparedness Month. The aim is to turn the idea of preparedness into a game and asks people to plan for a range of emergencies including fires in the home, power cuts and flooding.
The campaign will be taking place all over the UK, with local resilience partners such as the emergency services, local authorities, utilities and health, taking part to put emphasis local actions for each of the 30 key messages throughout the month.
Download the bingo card game
What is preparedness?
Preparedness is the steps you take to make sure you are safe before, during and after an emergency. Having a plan is important for both natural and man-made disasters as this will enable you to respond well and act accordingly if there is any kind of unexpected, serious and/or dangerous occurrence. See more information about preparedness on the 30 days 30 ways website.
What is resilience?
Resilience is also often referred to as ‘bounce back-ability’ because it describes an individual, organisation or community’s ability to respond to and recover following an emergency or natural disaster. Resilience describes the capacity to withstand adversity and move forward from difficult or dangerous events. See more information about resilience on the
prevention web website.
How to get involved