At Paul Davis, we specialize in professional residential and commercial emergency restoration services for disasters of all types and all sizes. While some of these disasters are inevitable, many others can be prevented. Unfortunately, we tend to react rather than prepare for emergencies. Perhaps that is why the month of September was declared National Preparedness Month or NPM. The month of September should serve as a reminder for everyone to take action now to prepare for potential emergencies throughout the year at home, at work, and while traveling.
The thing about emergencies is that they often occur so unexpectedly, making it difficult to be fully prepared. However, there are a few steps you can take to be more prepared in the event of tornadoes, flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, power outages, water main breaks, and more. Know that emergency personnel, such as fire and police, may not be able to get to you and your family right away in the event of an emergency. That is why being personally prepared is so important. How should you prepare?
Know Your Risks: Don’t let an emergency “just happen” to you. Instead, understand the risks. If you’re living in an area prone to certain types of weather, prepare yourself and your family for that type of weather. Plan emergency routes that you’ll take to leave an area. Prep survival kits including food and water to last for at least 72 hours following a disaster and place those kits at home and at your office. Study the geography of an area that you’re vacationing in and know what to do if an emergency strikes while you’re traveling there. Emergencies can happen anywhere at any time, so be ready!
Increase Your Knowledge: These days there are a great many ways to stay informed should an emergency strike. Between the Internet, smart phone apps, radio and television, you can regularly listen in to hear local weather bulletins. Don’t forget to sign up for wireless emergency alerts, which can be sent straight to your phone in the event of disaster.
Take Action: It’s imperative to not sit around and wait for an emergency to unfold. Instead, make sure that you and others are prepared. If you’re unsure where to start, consider this list:
- Ensure you can go for 3 days with no electricity
- Pack enough food and water to last your family for 72 hours
- Include any personal hygiene products in your disaster supply kits
- Remember to have extra clothes for yourself and especially any children
- Create a family emergency plan so everyone knows how to communicate and where to go should an emergency occur
- Purchase a weather radio
Remember, National Preparedness Month isn’t just about you–it involves your entire community, too. The more prepared communities are for potential disaster, the faster the community will be able to recover. Be sure to inform friends, family and neighbors about how you’ve prepared for a local emergency and what they can do to be well prepared, too.