National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month, recognized to promote community disaster planning. Preparing yourself, your loved ones, and your property for a disaster is crucial, especially in the unpredictable year of 2020. Ready.gov offers weekly National Preparedness Month themes to help organize your preparations:
Week 1 (September 1st-5th): Make a Plan
Determine lines of communication, designated meeting places in case of separation, and responsibilities for each member of your household. Depending on the needs of your family, you may require additional planning steps.
Week 2 (September 6th-12th): Build a Kit
Gather supplies for each member of your family. You kit may include food, clean water, medications, pet foods, communication devices, and batteries. Keep your kit as compact as possible, and in an easily accessible location, in case evacuation becomes necessary.
Week 3 (September 13th-19th): Prepare for Disaster
On the AL Gulf Coast, one of the most common disasters you may face is a hurricane. To prepare for such an event, be sure to follow local and national news as it pertains to hurricane tracking, check your insurance coverage, and make sure your disaster preparedness kit is built. If a storm is forecasted to hit in your area, follow the direction of local officials concerning shelter and evacuation orders.
Week 4 (September 20th-26th): Teach Youth About Preparedness
Make sure children’s needs are included in your preparations. Include their items in your disaster kit, talk with them about protocols and procedures in the event of a disaster situation, and answer any questions they may have.
As a leader in clean up and restoration, SERVPRO of Baldwin County is Here to Help in the event your property is damaged by a hurricane or other disaster situation. Our team is “Faster to Any Size Disaster!” To learn more about our services, call 251-928-9625.
For more information about National Preparedness Month, visit https://www.ready.gov/september