National Preparedness Month: Week Three

Week 3 September 17-23: Practice and Build Out Your Plans

Practice makes perfect, so try doing a practice evacuation drill with your family or household. Make sure to keep contact numbers up to date and make changes as needed.

Consider opening an emergency savings account that can be used in any crisis, but keep a small amount of cash at home in a safe place because there is the possibility that ATMs and credit cards may not work during a disaster when purchasing food, fuel and other necessary supplies.

Gather financial and critical personal, household and medical information. While there are resources to replace lost or damaged documents, it makes the recovery process smoother when you have everything already. You can store them in a sealable plastic bag, a dry storage bag, a safety deposit box, an external drive or on the cloud to make them easily accessible.

Obtain property, homeowners or renters, health and life insurance if you don’t have them already. If you do have them, review the policies to make sure that it is what you need. You may also need to purchase flood insurance, if your homeowners insurance does not cover flooding.

FEMA has created an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit, to help prepare you financially for disasters and emergencies.

Know your local resources, such as shelters and food pantries.

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