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National Preparedness Month: Preparing For Disasters

National Preparedness Month: Preparing For Disasters

September is National Preparedness Month. Readying for an emergency may sound complicated, but being prepared can be as simple as having a small cache of food and supplies, and a plan for your household to rely on in emergency situations. Why is it important to be ready when disaster strikes? Because being prepared for extreme situations better positions you and your family to endure whatever situation may unfold.

Your Protection 1 alarm is equipped with a battery backup to keep your home secure through temporary power outages, but as well protected as your home is with an alarm system, there are some emergencies that simply surpass the capabilities of even the best home security system.

Some essential items you should remember are water, non-perishable food, self-powered flashlights, first-aid kits, weather radios, walkie-talkies and extra batteries. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that you have at least three days of food and water per person for a basic disaster supplies kit, but the length of time you prepare for depends on the type of emergency.

The natural disasters you may be exposed to vary based on location. Hurricanes are most likely to strike the coasts in the South Eastern United States, sweeping inland over the next several days.

In a situation such as this, you should secure your home and supplies once you have received warning of the storms. Move further inland, if possible, in order to distance yourself from the storm and avoid traffic from other evacuees.

When preparing your emergency rations in this scenario, be sure to set aside enough to last you four to five days to avoid having your supplies depleted in worst case scenarios.

Tornadoes are hard to spot and strike quickly, with the storm subsiding after only a few hours. Once tornados appear there is no time to collect emergency items. Gather rations and supplies well in advance. If you hear sirens, get to a basement or the innermost room of the building you are, being sure to stay away from windows, and keep your weather radio with you for alerts.

Since you may have to deal with debris blown around by the storm when you emerge from your shelter, be sure to be wearing sturdy shoes. You may want to include a hatchet or shovel in your cache to help clear debris that may have you trapped.

Snowstorms set in quickly and last for long periods of time, blocking routes and causing damage as they build. If you live in an area prone to snowstorms, it is important to maintain your cache of food and water and to have alternative heat sources available to combat the cold. These are the most important items as you wait out the storm. Having shovels on hand may speed things up and allow you to escape the snow as well.

Earthquakes are the most unexpected natural disaster. The damage caused by them is catastrophic. Stockpiling a 5-7 day supply of food, water and batteries would be wise. In the event the building crumbles, you will need help from emergency responders. Have a radio and cell phone, and ensure you have additional backup power to allow communication with others should you become trapped.

If you would like more information on natural disasters and how to prepare for them, check out Ready.gov. If you have information you’d like to share let us know on Facebook or in the comments!

 

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