What can you do to celebrate National Preparedness Month 2019? Don’t let September slip by without doing your part for National Preparedness Month 2019! FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security have plenty of great tips for family and community disaster and emergency planning.
Save Early For Disaster Costs
The thing about disasters is, you’ll never know when they’ll strike.
- Check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Your Property guide.
- Visit Floodsmart.gov to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business.
- Plan financially for the possibility of disaster.
- Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit.
Most homeowner’s insurance policies don’t cover flooding. So whether or not you’re in a high-risk zone for flooding, you should consider flood insurance. Even if you live in an area with low or moderate flood risk, you are five times more likely to experience flooding than a fire in your home over the next 30 years!
For many, a flood insurance policy costs less than $400 per year. Find out what your flood risk is by using the FEMA flood map service and then call your insurance agent today and protect what you’ve built.
Make a Plan – National Preparedness Month 2019
Updating Your Emergency Preparedness Plans can help mitigate loss during disasters. Be sure to include your whole family in the planning process and consider the specific needs within your household. To make things a little easier for you and your loved ones, Ready.gov has some great advice and emergency preparedness plan templates.
You’ll also want to make sure that you sign up for weather and emergency alerts and warnings in your area. Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation route planned.
Finally, review your plan and practice with your whole family! Make sure everyone understands their role and responsibilities.
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It’s never too soon to talk to your kids about emergency readiness. Teach your children what to do in an emergency whether they’re at home or away from home. Make sure they understand how to communicate during an emergency. Review texting, emergency contact numbers, and when and how to use 9-1-1.
It’s also a smart idea to let your child’s school know who to contact in the event of an emergency.
While preparedness is serious business, don’t scare your little ones. Instead, have a little fun and play a few rounds of Disaster Master or Build a Kit with them. These are practical, lighthearted ways to review safety tips and make sure they understand how to respond in different emergency situations.
Get Involved – National Preparedness Month 2019
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness to help communities become better equipped to handle emergencies.
The program prepares community participants for the types of hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills. Participants will learn about fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Find your CERT team on FEMA’s website.
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