Emergencies Happen. Are you Ready? | National Preparedness Month

Emergencies Happen. Are you Ready? | National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

Did you know that September is the National Preparedness Month? It's an entire month that's devoted to educating the public about the best ways to prepare for emergencies like storms, floods and earthquakes. Here at AdvantaClean we stand behind the National Preparedness Month and will be spending the entire month of September reaching out to clients and encouraging them to devote a few hours this month to ensuring their families have enough supplies and equipment to protect themselves should an emergency occur.

National Preparedness Month, Why Prepare?

Most people already know about National Preparedness month and the importance of preparing for an emergency is absolutely vital. But the problem is that few people actually take the time to do it!

Consider this; according to FloodSmart.gov, between 2010 and 2014, the average flood claim in the U.S. was almost $42,000! That's a huge burden when you realize that most home insurance policies don't cover storm floods unless you specifically purchase a rider for this damage.

But National Preparedness Month isn't just about making sure you're financially covered in case of disaster. Economic tragedies can be eventually forgotten. A personal tragedy, like the loss of a loved one due to a natural disaster, is something far more difficult to recover from.

How to Prepare

First and foremost, National Preparedness Month is about prepping to protect your family for an emergency. Here are just a few steps you can take to keep your loved ones safe:

  • Medical Kits: Keep a medical kit in every car and at home. It's vital to have a kit in every car because you don't know when an earthquake or other disaster can strike, and you want to ensure that every family member away from home has basic medical supplies.
  • Food and Water: Ensure that your family has at least 3 days of food and water on hand. Stock up on food in your pantry and ensure there are several gallons of water per family member always in the house. You may also want to keep some basic food (like protein bars) and a few water bottles in the car.
  • Blankets: Keep extra blankets in the car in case you get stranded in a disaster. During a disaster, tragedy often occurs because people don't have enough supplies to wait things out until help arrives. Getting frostbite or hypothermia while being stranded by a storm can significantly decrease your chances of survival.
  • Evacuation Bag: Make sure to pack all essential items into special evacuation bags that are always ready. This way, if you need to evacuate in case of emergency, you won't waste valuable time gathering the essentials.
  • Evacuation Plan: Develop a plan ahead of time so that your family knows exactly where to go in case of an emergency, and have a designated meeting point if disaster strikes when you're away from home and electronic communication isn't working.

    Protecting Property

    Once you've taken the necessary precautions to protect your loved ones, it's time to take steps to protect your property.

    • Insurance: Go over your homeowner's policy to ensure that you have financial protection in case of a flood, storm or earthquake. If you don't, fix this as soon as possible. Disaster can strike at any time. If your carrier currently doesn't offer this option, you may be able to get coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program.
    • Sump Pump Function: Test your sump pump and ensure it is working properly.
    • Sand Bags: If your area is prone to heavy flooding, have sand bags on hand so you can divert water away from your property and into the storm drains.
      Remember, preparing for a disaster may feel a bit tedious because you have to think about the worst case scenario, and that's never enjoyable. But devoting just a few hours to preparing annually during National Preparedness Month can save you tens of thousands of dollars, and even prevent a greater tragedy; loss of life.

      Keep an eye out for our upcoming articles, where we'll cover more National Preparedness Month topics and tips for preparation in more detail. We'll share ideas for preventing water damage and the essentials to have in a DIY emergency kit.

      In the event of flood damage or other water damage, contact AdvantaClean @ 877.800.2382 immediately to mitigate the water damage!

      More info? Check out FEMA Sets Meeting of First Technical Mapping Advisory Council to see how funding for flood insurance changed last National Preparedness Month and then go apply for coverage!