September is Emergency Preparedness Month and Mayo Clinic Encourages our Communities to Prepare

September 1, 2021

Mayo Clinic has a rich history of disaster response dating back to August 1883, when three tornadoes occurred in Southeast Minnesota. After the disaster, the Mayo family and the Sisters of Saint Francis realized the need for a hospital in Rochester. That led to the creation of Saint Marys Hospital and Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic  recognizes its emergency managers and Mayo Clinic’s contributions to emergency preparedness with two events in Rochester in September:

  • On Sept. 10 at noon CT, Mayo Clinic’s carillonneur, will present a recital that includes Americana, hymns and memorial pieces.
  • On Sept. 20, the Plummer Building in Rochester will be lighted green in recognition of National Preparedness Month.

We also encourage everyone to play their part by taking September to become personally prepared.

Make A Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.

Build A Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home.  Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

Learn About Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards.  Check your insurance coverage to make sure it is up to date.

Teach Youth About Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

Disasters can happen everywhere, and everyone can prepare. September is a good time to remind our communities,  preparedness for the future starts today!