National Preparedness Month – Week 3: Prepare
As mentioned in last week’s National Preparedness Month message, throughout the month of September, weekly messages will be sent out on the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.
The Week 1 message was Make a Plan. The Week 2 message was Build a Kit. The Week 3 message is Prepare.
Week 3: Prepare
Disasters are costly but preparing for them doesn’t have to be. In fact, taking time to prepare now can help save you thousands of dollars and give you peace of mind when the next disaster or emergency occurs. The following steps to be better prepared for a disaster or emergency have little to no cost.
- Know what kind of disasters and emergencies are most common for where you live.
- Create your emergency communications plan. Record important contact and medical information about you and your family, which you then can share with others and store copies of both digitally and on paper.
- Make sure you store important phone numbers somewhere besides just your cell phone.
- Sign up for emergency alerts in your area to receive life-saving information from your state and local municipality.
- Download the FEMA app (available in English and Spanish) to receive weather alerts, safety tips, reminders, and be ready for the unexpected.
- Talk with family or members of your household about where you will go if told to evacuate. Having a plan before disaster strikes can help you save precious time and money.
- Store important documents and items like passports, birth certificates, maps, and electronics in a flood-safe place like a high shelf or upper floor in resealable water-tight plastic bags to help waterproof them. Store important documents like insurance policies digitally. Get started by using this checklist to take an inventory of your household documents, contacts, and valuables.
- Contact your local fire department. They may have programs that provide fire or carbon monoxide detectors.
- Check online for free or discounted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses offered near you.
- Visit floodsmart.gov to know your areas level of flood risk.
- Print the Ready 2022 Calendar to review monthly preparedness information.
- Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan using this fillable form, available in English and Spanish.
- Know Your Alerts and Warnings in English or Additional Languages
- View 12 Ways to Prepare in English or Additional Languages
Be sure to check for the Week 4 message next week!