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Resiliency Digest
September 2020
News & tips for being ready
before, during, and after emergencies.
September is National Preparedness Month
What's Your Plan?
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Launched in 2004, NPM is FEMA’s annual preparedness outreach campaign that aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies.

This year’s theme, “Disasters Don’t Wait, Make Your Plan Today,” encourages everyone to make a plan for their community, their family, and their pets. Not only does planning protect our own safety, but it helps take pressure off first responders so they can take care of the most serious situations more quickly. Preparedness and resiliency are shared responsibilities between government and private citizens, so we encourage you to do your part in 2020 to get your plan in place!
Taking It On - One Week at a Time
Week 1 - September 1-5: Make A Plan
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.

Week 2 - September 6-12: Build A Kit
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.
Week 3 - September 13-19: Prepare for Disasters
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.

Week 4 - September 20-26: Teach Youth About Preparedness
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.
Keeping Your Business Operating After a Disaster
If 2020 has taught business owners nothing else, it is that having a plan for weathering emergencies of all kinds is essential to business resilience and success.

Businesses face a variety of hazards such as:
  • Natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
  • Health hazards such as widespread and serious illnesses like COVID-19 and the flu.
  • Human-caused hazards including accidents and acts of violence.
  • Technology-related hazards like power outages and equipment failure.

Why not use National Preparedness Month to get your business ready for common disaster situations? You'll find a wealth of business ready resources at If you prefer using a manual for planning, download the Ready Business How-To Guide.
Consider Regional Business Emergency Operations Center Membership
Staying connected to the right partners can make a big difference when you’re trying to keep your business operating after a disaster. In 2015, FEMA Region 3 created the Regional Business Emergency Operations Center (RBEOC) to formally enhance communication and engagement with the private sector and relevant public sector partners throughout the disaster lifecycle, including pre-disaster preparedness, disaster response, and post-disaster recovery.

You can join the RBEOC by signing and returning the Membership Agreement. Membership is free and open to all members of the public and private sectors. By becoming a member, you’ll join a network of trusted partners and will receive regular updates, event invitations, and preparedness resources.

The Membership Agreement includes the terms and conditions for participation in the RBEOC. Any questions should be directed to FEMA Region 3 Private Sector Liaison Melissa Wiehenstroer at
Community Resiliency Achievements & Announcements
Local residents have been responding to calls for assistance during recent flash flooding incidents in the Staunton area. View these WHSV-TV 3 images to see how devastating flash flooding in Staunton's first storm on August 8, 2020 was. The second flood occurred just three weeks later on August 22, 2020. More coverage from The News Leader details the damage estimates in excess of $3 million.

We are grateful for such a responsive community! If you would like to learn more about recovery efforts and ways you can help, visit Staunton Downtown Development Association's Flood Resources & Ways to Help page.
For additional resources to help protect yourself, loved ones, and property, visit the National Weather Service,, U.S. Fire Administration, and the National Safety Council. 
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