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Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? After the damage of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, be smart, get prepared, and read up on what you can do for major emergencies like these.
Be sure to plan ahead.
Sign up for emergency alerts and warnings in your area, orient everyone on what to do in different situations, and have each member of the household be in charge of their own emergency kits. Make sure everybody knows where the first aid kits are stored. (If you don’t have one yet, click here to find one that suits your needs.) It’s also good to check on your insurance coverage and if possible, have emergency funds on hand in case disaster strikes.
Be sure to connect with people in your area.
Connect with your neighbours so you can help out each other. Come up with evacuation routes and plans for emergency shelters. Coordinate with your local police, firemen, and other rescue units in making sure your entire community knows what to do and how to help each other in a crisis.
Be sure to practice your plans.
Organise emergency drills for different disasters both with the members of your family and the rest of your area. It’s easy to panic in the middle of a dangerous situation, but setting aside time to walk everyone through the emergency protocols and procedures goes a long way in making sure each person knows the proper steps to follow in an emergency.
Be ready to help others.
Of course, once disaster hits, it’s important to give to the victims. However you can also help the less fortunate prepare for dangerous situations by donating first aid kits and emergency supplies, as well as showing your support through various organisations. Click here to find out how you can be smart, get prepared, and give back to those in need.