September is National Preparedness Month…Are you Prepared for a Disaster?

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Events including the recent flash floods in Utah; Wildfires in Washington, Oregon and California; flooding this spring in Texas and Oklahoma and even the battering of  snowstorms in the Northeast this winter are all reasons why we need to be prepared for the variety of disasters that can occur.

September is National preparedness month and it is an excellent time to create, review and discuss your plans with friends and family.

There are several websites that have excellent resources to help you in creating a plan including: 

In addition to making a plan you, need to have disaster kit that is ready to go. A plastic tub is a great place to store your ready kit items. Some things to include in your kit are food, water, change of clothes, socks and shoes, flash light, batteries, radio, medications, copies of important papers – including, drivers license, social security card and birth certificate. Ideally, you want enough supplies in your disaster kit to last 72 hours in case it takes awhile for emergency responders to reach you. Also if you have pets, do not forget to include supplies and extra water for them.

Another important step in preparing for a disaster is communicating with friends and family your plans, If something happened to your home, do have a pre-identified location to meet?  You might identify a few options, one within walking distance and a secondary one that is near by in case you can not access the first location. Sharing your plans not only will enable your friends and family to reconnect more quickly but it may also kick start them to also think about what they will do in an emergency.  

For more tips on what to include in your disaster kit see FEMA’s “Build-A-Kit” website or State Farm’s Disaster Preparation site.

 In addition to being prepared at home, are you prepared for a disaster at work?  FEMA has some information focused on helping business prepare for a disaster. 

While disasters will occur, our preparation will allow us to be resilient as individuals, families and communities. 

 

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