The official logo for National Preparedness Month 2017. [High Resolution JPG]

PHOENIX— Governor Katie Hobbs proclaimed September Arizona Preparedness Month in conjunction with National Preparedness Month in an effort to encourage people, businesses and communities to prepare for potential emergencies.

In honor of Preparedness Month, the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) is asking residents to participate in the “30 Days, 30 Ways to Get Prepared” activities this September. The program emphasizes 30 simple steps to prepare yourself and your community for disasters by taking one action each day of the month.

“Being prepared for an emergency is everyone’s job, and it starts at home,,” said Maj. Gen. Kerry Muehlenbeck, the Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard and DEMA Director. “Make an emergency plan, including your pets and livestock. Taking the time now to complete the simple steps will ensure your family’s safety and peace of mind later.”

Daily preparedness tips will be shared on the Arizona Emergency Information Network’s Facebook and X, formerly known as Twitter, accounts (@AzEIN). Arizonans are encouraged to follow along on social media and take a few minutes each day to prepare for emergencies. To learn more about “30 Days, 30 Ways to Get Prepared this September” visit

Highlights of the “30 Days, 30 Ways to Get Prepared” include:

* 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.

* Many local officials use emergency preparedness apps. Check to see if there’s one for your area.

* Never use candles for lighting when your power is out. Use flashlights instead, and make sure you keep extra batteries for them.

In addition to DEMA, the Arizona Departments of Agriculture, Environmental Quality, Health Services, Homeland Security, Registrar of Contractors, Water Resources, the American Red Cross, and the Arizona State Citizen Corps Council, recognize the need for a Whole Community public education program about the importance of being prepared for any potential hazard.

For statewide emergency updates, preparedness advice and hazards information, visit the Arizona Emergency Information Network website at