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Emergency Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month!

Do you have a shelter plan? Do you know how to build a basic disaster supply kit? Never fear - National Preparedness Month is here to put your mind at ease.

This year’s theme is Prepare to Protect and highlights how preparing for disaster is to protect everyone you love. FEMA’s new strategy for cultural competence includes empowering historically underserved communities to prepare for a disaster.

There are several important steps you can take to prepare for a disaster.

  • Making sure to have pictures of important documents and personal belongings can save you time in the event you have to file an insurance claim after a natural disaster event such as a flood.

  • Keeping cash on hand is also a smart way to make sure you can pay for immediate expenses like lodging, food, or gas should you need to move yourself or your family to a safe area.

  • The most important step is having a plan, and making sure that all family members are on board. Once a plan is in place, it is important to practice so everyone can be comfortable and familiar with the routine. This is a great time to engage kids! Being a part of the planning process makes the prospect of a natural disaster a little less scary.

Interested in more? Download the FEMA app to receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service and steps to prepare for disaster.

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