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September Is National Preparedness Month: Time to Take Action!

September Is National Preparedness Month: Time to Take Action


By: Oana Schneider

September Is National Preparedness Month: Time to Take Action!

Your BBB® would like to remind everyone that September is National Preparedness Month, so a few tips on preparing your household for emergencies could come in handy. In light of recent events, with Hurricane Harvey destroying so many livelihoods, it becomes increasingly important that we all know what needs to be done in case of a weather emergency.

Organize your finances

Flashlights and batteries are important, and so is financial readiness! So make sure to conduct a household inventory, acquire a lockable, fireproof file box, rent a safe deposit box, and remember to update your files/information regularly.

Missing documents? Replace them!

If you’re not sure where your birth certificate is, you may want to do an inventory of all your documents and replace the missing ones as soon as possible. Also, remember that you also need an easy-to-grab emergency document kit in case something happens to you or someone you love.

Know your insurance policy

Some insurance plans will cover the costs for temporary shelter, clothing, replacement furniture and other items in case you are affected by a natural disaster.

Floodproof your home

If you’ve been affected by flooding in the past, chances are it will happen again, so look into buying flood insurance and make sure to put together a flood response plan. You can visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for all the information you need regarding this issue.

 Think about your pets

Pets are also affected by storms and hurricanes, so make sure to look into ways to protect them. You can contact a friend or family member that lives out of town and ask them to foster your fur friend until the hurricane/ tornado passes.

Take a few days to get everything organized and don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family, so that they too can prepare for weather emergencies.

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Oana Schneider is our Director of Media Services. She writes consumer and business oriented articles and is in charge of our community outreach program.