Kick off National Preparedness Month.
This September marks National Preparedness Month (NPM) — which seems more pressing than ever, considering in the last week alone we’ve seen Hurricane Harvey devastate the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, an 8.2 earthquake ravage Mexico, Hurricane Irma tear through the Caribbean and hit Florida, and the looming Hurricanes Jose and Katia threaten to add to the already catastrophic levels of damage. These events are reminders that large scale disasters, of any variety, can strike at any moment. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to get smart and make a plan for disaster preparedness starting with a simple conversation over dinner.
Following the lead of Ready, a national public service campaign created to educate Americans on how to prepare for and respond to natural and manmade emergencies, the first phase of disaster preparedness starts with making a plan for yourself, your family, and your friends:
Completing a family emergency plan, which includes:
A paper copy of family and emergency contact information. Make sure everyone in the household has a copy of this.
Copies of important documents such as insurance cards and immunization records.
Paperwork about any medications taken and serious or ongoing medical conditions.
- Preparing for specific needs in your household, which can depend on different ages of members, medical needs, disabilities, languages spoken, pets, etc.
- Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area.
- Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan.
- Check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.
- Assemble or update your emergency supply kit. This includes at least a three-day supply of food and water, health supplies, personal care items, safety supplies, electronics, and documents.
- Plan financially for the possibility of disaster.
Stay tuned for several more posts this month to help you and your community prepare for natural and manmade disasters. Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can — and should.