September 1, 2019
Every September, we recognize National Preparedness Month in order to protect and prepare our friends, families, businesses, and homes during an emergency. Stay calm during an emergency by being prepared and having a plan. Here are a few tips to prepare during National Preparedness Month:
First, understanding the various natural disasters your area may be prone to. Know how you will receive emergency warnings and alerts of a natural disaster. Identify local shelters and communicate an evacuation plan with your family. How will you communicate with one another? Where will you meet? All of these are important things to take into consideration when you’re devising a proper plan.
By creating a survival kit in advance, you can save time and potentially your own life if a natural disaster strikes. Your kit should include a first aid kit, water, non-perishable food items, local maps, flashlight, batteries, and important documents. Don’t forget to plan to evacuate with your pets! Consider any additional supplies that could be specific to you and your family’s needs such as prescriptions, glasses, pet food, infant formula, and diapers. Keep various kits in different locations such as home, work, and your vehicle as you don’t know where you will be in the time of an emergency.
To stay informed, listen for important details from your local officials, radio stations, and weather channels. Research outlets to receive emergency alerts and identify your local shelter.
Before a hurricane, you should consider your flood risk. According to the Insurance Information Institute, flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance do not cover flood damage. Talk to your insurance agent about flood coverage.
This summary is for general informational use only and may not include all relevant information.