When is National Preparedness Month?
September is National Preparedness Month, which means it’s time to prepare for any disaster at home, in the office, or the community. Sponsored by Ready.gov, this year’s theme is “A Lasting Legacy.”
According to the AICPA, 60% of Americans believe a natural disaster may impact them within 3 to 5 years. With almost every corner of the country susceptible to a disastrous event, it’s better to be prepared than to be caught in a dangerous situation.
The team here at LifeSecure wants to help, so we put together four ways to prepare during National Preparedness Month.
4 Ways to Protect Your Legacy During Preparedness Month 2022
1. Make A Plan
When an emergency hits, thinking of an effective plan is challenging when your mind is racing with many other thoughts. Save yourself time and stress by thinking ahead and making an emergency plan.
2. Get An Emergency Kit
Emergency kits can be the difference between life and death. Whether stranded on the road or caught in a hurricane, you need to be sure that you have supplies to support you and your family through the entire event and recovery. Plan to have enough supplies for each household member, including any pets.
To avoid the stress and difficulty of buying each piece of equipment individually, LifeSecure put together various emergency kits for different situations. Since we’ve started building emergency kits, LifeSecure has saved over 1,000,000 lives.
3. Prepare for Disasters
Know the necessary safety procedures if you live in an area especially susceptible to earthquakes, tornadoes, or other disasters.
While natural disasters are not preventable, you can prevent personal disasters by staying alert.
Contact your insurance company to make sure you are covered for emergencies and keep your eyes on weather reports or alerts.
4. Teach Youth About Preparedness
Natural disasters can be scary for adults, but they can be even more frightening for children who don’t fully understand what’s happening.
Teach your children about the most common disasters in your area and tell them that your family will be safe because you have prepared.
Your children will be much more cooperative with your emergency preparedness plan if they know what the emergency is, how they should act, and that their family will be safe before the disaster occurs.
Personal Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
When building emergency preparedness kits, people with disabilities must consider more specific items.
If you use a wheelchair, “add spare tires and an air compressor to your emergency kit to make sure you can stay mobile in the event of an emergency.” For those who are blind or visually-impaired, list out on your plan the location of the nearest accessible public transportation, hospital, and emergency services.”
During a blackout, people using medical equipment that requires electricity need to know their options for how to keep it running. You can ask your doctor for best practices to keep them running and reach out to the local power authorities to put you on a priority power restoration list.
Also, don’t forget to contact your local emergency management office “to self-identify to receive targeted assistance during emergencies and disasters.”
To avoid serious injuries during a disaster, make sure you are well-prepared ahead of time.
Need Supplies During National Preparedness Month?
Be prepared. Most disasters are inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared for when they strike.
At LifeSecure, we take emergency preparedness seriously. We offer a variety of safety kits for any event. With our kits, you can rest easy knowing you are prepared to weather any storm. Take advantage of National Preparedness Month and get your kit today.