Is your family ready in the event a disaster hits your home? Do you have a family emergency plan?
September is National Preparedness Month. This is an annual campaign led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and sponsored by the Ready Campaign in partnership with the Citizen Corps. While September is the month for recognizing national preparedness, the goal is to engage the public to make preparedness a part of their daily lives every day and not one single month.
This year’s theme is “Pledge to Prepare – Awareness to Action” and the public is being asked to take specific action steps by doing at least one of the following:
1. Learn about emergency hazards and their appropriate responses
2. Make a communications plan
3. Build an emergency kit
4. Get involved in preparedness in your community
Know the emergency hazards and their responses for most disaster events and don’t forget to check with your local government to see what they are doing to be prepared! Visit FEMA’s website to help you get started to know what to do before, during and after events at: http://www.ready.gov/be-informed.
Would you know what to do if your family isn’t together when disaster strikes? How will you contact family members if your cell phone isn’t working? Make a communications plan for all members of your family and make sure every member of your family has this with them at all times. Visit FEMA’s website to learn about Family Communications at http://www.ready.gov/family-communications.
Build a kit
Does your family have a basic disaster supplies kit? Is it near your front door (in case you need to evacuate) where you can quickly grab it? See what your basic disaster supply kit should include: http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit. Don’t forget to check out the tab for additional emergency supplies, first aid kit and supplies for unique needs, such as for cold climates and babies.
Also, in the event that your property or possessions are damaged or destroyed, the Insurance Information Institute offers a mobile app called Know Your Stuff®. This helpful app lets you create and update your home inventory, and offers free, secure online storage you'll have access to any time any where, should disaster strike.
Get involved with your community BEFORE disaster strikes. Volunteer to support disaster efforts in your community, be part of your community’s planning process, join a preparedness project or support major disasters by donating cash or goods to help meet the needs of your community in times of disaster. Many organizations can help you get involved in other areas as well. Visit FEMA’s website to find out more information at: http://www.ready.gov/get-involved.
Check out the following videos, which are also available on our Facebook page.
-- State Auto Catastrophe Team shares preparedness tips
-- Roof damage preparedness kit
-- What's the point of a home inventory?
To find out more about State Auto's involvement in National Preparedness Month, watch our Facebook page for more information.