Do you have a Disaster Plan?
With Hurricane season upon us and some major Hurricanes hitting so close to our area last year, we wanted to take a moment to make certain our friends are prepared for a natural disaster. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency or disaster. While each situation is unique, your family can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies.
The following are measures you and your family can take to start getting ready. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your family, home, and the community.
Review the following questions to learn if your family and home is prepared. Be Informed.
Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your home or daily life?
Do you know what you and your family will do in an emergency situation?
Prepare Your Emergency Plan
Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan?
Do you have a plan to communicate with your family before, during, and after an incident?
Do you have an emergency supply kit?
Practice the Emergency Plan
Have you practiced your plan recently?
Does your family know where to go in the event of a natural disaster?
Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?
Review Insurance Coverage
Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster? Secure Your Home
Have you conducted a room-by-room walk-through to determine what safety measures can be taken?
Improve Cyber Security
Have you installed a firewall on your computer?
Do you regularly update your antivirus software?
If you answered “No” to any of these questions, visit ready.gov and learn how to better prepare your family and home for an emergency or natural disaster.
One Final Word of Advice…
Create an Emergency Supply Kit. Why take the risk?
Your emergency supply kit may be different depending on what disasters you are likely to encounter, but according to ready.gov, a basic emergency kit should contain:
- Water (one gallon of water per person per day)
- Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
- Battery-operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask
- Hygiene items
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers
- Important documents
- Fire extinguisher
We hope this information has been helpful to you and your families. Your safety is our number one priority!