National Preparedness Month

Did you know that is can take about 30 days for a flood insurance policy to go into effect? Or that you should have enough food, water and medicine to last for at least 72 hours in case of a power outage? Fear not - September is National Preparedness Month!

There are several important steps you can take to prepare to 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 tips? You can sign up for preparedness tip via text messages by texting PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA).