For Immediate Release:
September 19, 2023

September is National Preparedness Month

By Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready


September is National Preparedness Month, the annual recognition to remind everyone in America how important it is to prepare for disasters and emergencies that can happen at any time. With more frequent and severe disasters we’ve faced in the last few years, I’d like to encourage every Oklahoman to join this national campaign and help make our state more prepared and resilient.

This year’s theme, “Take Control in 1, 2, 3,” encourages everyone, especially older adults, to become more prepared in three simple steps:

  1. Assess your needs. Everyone has unique needs. Several factors can affect the steps you need to take to prepare yourself and those you care for. Whether you care for pets, have children, have a medical condition or a disability, it is important to know what your family will need to stay safe. Make a home inventory list and keep a detailed record of your valuable belongings.
  2. Make a plan. Once you’ve assessed your needs, you can plan for what you’d do, where you’d go and what to bring if a disaster strikes. Your emergency supply kit should include items that meet your individual needs. Always have multiple ways to receive weather updates.
  3. Engage your support network. Get to know your neighbors because they, along with your family and friends, can be a support network before, during and after a disaster by providing emotional and practical support. Contact your insurance agent to review your policy and ensure adequate coverage.

In recognition of this year’s special focus on older adults, I’d like to remind them and their caregivers that they are not alone. The Oklahoma Insurance Department is here to help. Here are some resources to help you get ready before, during and after a disaster:

For more information on how to prepare yourself, your loved ones and your community, visit If you have insurance questions or concerns, please contact us at 800-522-0071 or visit


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