September is National Preparedness Month

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Each September, National Preparedness Month encourages and reminds Americans to be prepared for disasters or emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. We want to make sure YOU are prepared in case of a disaster (natural or man-made).

National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters.  You know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like ours, to people like us. We’ve seen tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis, and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time. Police, fire and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster. The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover. This September, please prepare and plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service, and access to a supermarket, or local services for several days.

Planning and preparing can mitigate the impact of an emergency.

Tips for staying prepared:

  • Make an Emergency Plan
    • Sign up for alerts and warnings
    • Learn evacuation routes and zone
  • Learn Life Saving Skills
    • Know how to turn off the utilities (like natural gas)
    • Ensure smoke detectors are installed and working properly
    • Basic first aid and CPR
  • Check your insurance coverage
    • Ensure you have the proper coverage for the potential disasters you may face
  • Save for an emergency
    • Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster
    • Try to maintain emergency savings

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