Be ready for National Preparedness Month!

“Be ready!” That’s the motto for September’s National Preparedness Month.

In its tenth year now, National Preparedness Month highlights emergency preparedness across the country. The Federal Emergency Management Agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsors the month each year.

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks – an important time to honor those who passed and those who risked their lives to save others.

What do you need to do to get ready? And how does your Flexible Spending Account help?

1. Get a first aid kit. If you already have a first aid kit, make sure to replenish it. As fall approaches, it brings severe weather in some regions. If you don’t have a first aid kit, you should know these are covered by your FSA. An all-purpose first aid kit will include bandages for wound treatment and protection, and other solutions against aches and burns. Check out’s FSA eligible First Aid section to update your first aid supplies.

2. Grab first aid items for kids. If you have children, get their favorite cartoons in band-aid form. A themed kids hot and cold pack might make pain a little less difficult to deal with. We have a selection of children’s first aid products that are eligible with your FSA.

3. Create an emergency plan. Talk to family members about what you will do in case of an emergency (where you’ll go in case you are not together, how you will get in touch, and what you will bring). It may not seem necessary, but it never hurts to be prepared.

4. Stay informed through news updates. Have a radio and extra batteries handy to learn about open shelters and possible evacuations. The media might also give you tips on how to safe.

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