10 Things to Do for National Preparedness Month

Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can.

September is National Preparedness Month, and with the devastating effects of hurricanes Harvey and Irma fresh on our minds, preparedness is understandably a very important topic. Though hurricane season runs from June through November, and peaks in early to mid-September, hurricanes can happen any time.

National Preparedness Month serves as a reminder to prepare, now and throughout the year, for a wide range of emergencies. Preparing your family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation at the dinner table.

Here are 10 simple things you and your family can do right now to become more prepared and resilient:

  1. Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts; *Get the @FEMA app with weather alerts for up to 5 locations
  2. Download a group texting app so your entire crew can keep in touch before, during & after an emergency.
  3. Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan.
  4. Check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.
    *Flood insurance policies have a 30-day waiting period before they go into effect. Plan now for floods.
  5. Plan financially for the possibility of disaster. Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies.
  6. Make digital copies of important documents and save them on the cloud or a secure cell phone app in case disaster strikes.
    **Be sure to store all important documents – birth certificates, insurance policies, etc. – in a fire-proof safe or safety deposit box
  7. Take a first aid & CPR class with your local Red Cross chapter.
  8. Knowing how to shut off utilities like gas, water, & electricity is key after a disaster.
  9. Have an emergency kit in your car, at least three days of food and water at home and a one-week supply of medications.
  10. Beware of frauds & scams when seeking disaster assistance. Federal/state workers never ask for/accept money and always carry IDs.

For more information you can check out the Tropical Cyclone Guide on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website for extensive information on the anatomy of a hurricane and ways to prepare.

“Don’t wait. Communicate. Prepare and make your emergency plan today.”

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