Be Prepared For Emergencies: National Preparedness Month

September 2, 2021

September is National Preparedness Month, which is the perfect time to make a plan for emergencies. Here are some ways you can increase your preparedness for the unexpected.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency uses National Preparedness Month to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. 
Being prepared includes creating a plan, building an emergency kit, signing up for alerts, and sharing this knowledge with family, friends, and the community.
Where to start
The first step in emergency preparedness is to create a plan for you and your family. This should include how you will communicate before, during, and after an emergency. It is also a good idea to establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
Next, build an emergency kit with enough supplies for everyone in your home that can last for several days after a disaster. Also, include flashlights, batteries, blankets, and similar items. Factor in any unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to leave quickly. 
Home safety
Survey your home to make sure it is safe and that your personal documents are secure. Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups on every level of your home in central locations. And, make sure your insurance is current.
You should also review with your family where to shelter in place in case of a tornado warning, severe thunderstorm, or winter storm. 
Financial concerns
When a disaster strikes, it can lead to financial emergencies. This can be any expense or loss of income you did not plan for, such as a damaged roof, a flat tire, or a medical bill. Having an emergency fund can help cover these costs.
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