As September is National Preparedness Month, lets start with what the Federal Government offers in the way of education. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, offers online courses and websites to help you better understand the management of disasters through the federal government. They also teach how you, as an individual, can help better prepare yourself for a disaster.
This website is geared towards kids with it’s Be a Hero theme teaching through educational pages, games and activities while incorporating information for parents and educators as well.
The FEMA website offers information for citizens and community partners to learn more about disaster preparedness from the government standpoint. Their TOOLKIT is a new program designed to help the individual prepare for disasters at home.
Something else you may not have known about FEMA is that they actually offer online courses to take. This is an Independent Study Program that actually counts towards college credit, and it’s free!
Along with FEMA, you can learn more with Homeland Security’s program: Ready.gov
And remember, these are governmental agencies and their protocols for what they feel citizens should be ready for in a disaster. You may feel the need to incorporate or ignore their advice at your discretion, knowing that you are preparing for your family the best you can because YOU are your own first responder.
Katy Willis is a writer, lifelong homesteader, and master herbalist, master gardener, and canine nutritionist. Katy is a preparedness expert and modern homesteader practicing everyday preparedness, sustainability, and a holistic lifestyle.
She knows how important it is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you, because you just never know what's coming. And preparedness helps you give your family the best chance to thrive in any situation.
Katy is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced herbalist and a member of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).
Her preparedness skills go beyond just being "ready", she's ready to survive the initial disaster, and thrive afterward, too. She grows 100% organic food on roughly 15 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she's feeding her family, she's a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker.
Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes, too, including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening.
Katy helps others learn forgotten skills, including basic survival skills and self-reliance.
She's been published on sites such as MSN, Angi, Home Advisor, Family Handyman, Wealth of Geeks, Readers Digest, and more.