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September is National Preparedness Month “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Week 1 September 01, 2017

September is National Preparedness Month  “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Week 1

With all the floods, hurricanes and earthquakes currently happening around the world, what a better time to try and prepare for the worst BEFORE it happens!

Throughout the month of September, www.ready.gov is providing essential tips and information on how to promote preparedness. Each week this month will focus on specific information to help organize personal plans for your family, friends, community and even how to do your part in helping first responders in case of an emergency.

WEEK 1: SEPTEMBER 1-9, MAKE A PLAN FOR YOURSELF, FAMILY AND FRIENDS

  • Make and Emergency Plan – Preparing the family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation over dinner. Visit www.ready.gov/make-a-plan for a FREE print out “Communications Plan” to fill out with your family.
  • Don’t forget pets are family too! Practice evacuating in the car with your animals, so they’re more comfortable if you need to evacuate in case of an emergency.
  • Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area. Get the FEMA app on your mobile device with weather alerts for up to 5 locations: www.fema.gov/mobile-app
  • Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan.
  • Check your insurance coverage and review the “Document and Insure Property Guide” – Make sure you know what your insurance policy covers before an emergency. – Financial prep tip: flood-proof important documents by putting them in plastic bags to protect against water damage.
  • Plan financially for the possibility of disaster – Be sure to keep some cash on hand!
  • Protect your identity: watch out for fraud and scams, and keep your personal info secure. Beware of frauds & scams when seeking disaster assistance – Federal/state workers NEVER ask for/accept money and always carry identification.

All information and images courtesy of : WWW.READY.GOV