REMINDER: September is Nat’l Preparedness Month #motownmom #homesteading #detroit

Making a plan has always been beneficial for me. I don’t wait for September and you don’t either, but focus is put on this month to prepare and make sure your family is ready for anything.

I dont consider myself a prepper, but more of a homesteader, that is ready for the worst to happen and knowing what to do when it does and preparing my family for that moment so we can work together.

From being a single mom of three, my #firestory and to just taking the every day and dealing with in – especially in Detroit – having a plan of action for our household for ANY SITUATION has been a prioprity.

You may say it takes away from being a child, but in this day and age, you need a unit – a family – MORE in time of crisis than you need a child.

This whole month FEMA did a weekly way for you to prepare, but if you missed the beginning of the month, here is the whole list.

If you’re reading this and it’s not September, I say start now in homesteading and prepping your house and family for what’s to come as “insurance” to be prepared. I get a lot of friends say they don’t know where to start.

Well here’s your guide:


Week 1: Make a Plan

  • #PrepareToProtect means preparing to protect everyone you love. Start by making a plan before disasters and emergencies strike.
  • Discuss with your household or family how you will communicate if there is an emergency.
  • Decide and practice your emergency plan with members of your household.
  • Houses, mobile homes, apartments, and high-rise buildings have different evacuation considerations. Make a plan for each: 
  • Involve your entire family, including your children, in planning for disasters and emergencies so they are prepared, not afraid

Week 2: Build a Kit

  • Create or update your emergency supplies with this list:
  • Make sure your emergency kit is ready to go in case you need evacuate. Include:
    • Enough food and water to last several days.
    • Medication, face masks and disinfectant for everyone in your household.
    • Pet supplies.
  • When building a kit, people with disabilities should consider the items they use daily, as well as life-sustaining items.
  • Have medication for at least three days in your emergency supplies.
  • Check the expiration date on your emergency supplies, and replace any old items. 
  • Get the kids involved in building their own emergency kit:
  • Kids bored? We can help. Check out our online Ready Kids Build A Kit game: 
  • Include your child’s favorite stuffed animals, board games, books or music in their emergency kit to comfort them in a disaster.

Week 3: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

  • Download or order your free preparedness products to help your family plan and prepare for the next emergency.
  • Drills aren’t just for your toolbox. Practice emergency drills with your family regularly. 
  • Emergencies can happen anytime, and less than half of American families have a communication plan. Plan ahead: 
  • Make preparing fun for kids! Go on a scavenger hunt around your house for items you already have to add to your disaster supply kit. Follow this list: and see how many items you can check off!
  • Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. Visit:

Week 4: Teach Youth About Preparedness

  • Review your family emergency communications plan with kids at your next household meeting.
  • Kids, parents, & educators, visit the Ready Kids web pages in Spanish:
  • Need tips for talking to your kids about natural disasters? Visit
  • Many Americans aren’t familiar with their child’s school evacuation & reunification plans. Are you?
  • Kids can become Disaster Masters with this @Readygov preparedness game: 
  • Get involved in Teen CERT. Find opportunities by learning about Teen CERT online:
  • Your community needs YOU! Find opportunities to help your community here:

One day I’ll make videos and talks about my preps around my house and how we have done it without breaking the bank.

Let me know in the comments how you homestead and what questions or concerns you have so we can all help each other

About @SylviaHubbard1

AUTHOR, MOTHER, SPEAKER, JOURNALIST, CONSULTANT & MORE! Divorced Mother of three, Detroiter, Sylvia Hubbard, is not only an award winning best selling author of over 28 books, but also founder of one of Michigan's largest interactive literary community, The Motown Writers Network/The Michigan Literary Network.

Posted on September 23, 2021, in Detroit Homesteading Prep, Resource. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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