Are You Prepared if Disaster Strikes?
September 18th, 2012
September 18th, 2012
No one wants to think of their home being hit by a disaster. But, unfortunately, disasters – hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, and acts of terrorism – do happen, often with little to no warning.
However, you and your family can survive tragedies like these with advanced planning and preparation. September is National Preparedness Month. This month is a great time to develop your emergency plan and gather the supplies you would need to live through a disaster.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), here are some steps you need to take now to ready yourself and your family for a potential disaster.
Put together two emergency kits (one for your home and another lightweight version you can take with you if you need to evacuate) to get you through at least three days. You’ll need:
Create a communications plan for your family. Identify a relative or friend, preferably out of town, who you and separated family members will call or email to stay in contact. Make sure everyone knows who to call or email; and what their phone number or email address is.
Develop a plan in case you need to evacuate your home. Choose a location to go to in different directions, in case roads are closed. Keep your car’s gas tank at least half full at all times. Identify other means of transportation, in case you don’t have a car or you can’t use it.
Know the emergency plans for your workplace and your children’s schools. Find out how your workplace or your children’s schools will communicate with family members.
Learn how to prepare yourself in the event of natural or manmade emergencies. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security FEMA website at www.ready.gov/business.
At Grandview Lending, we hate to see homeowners experience tragedies. But with advanced preparation, you may be able to minimize any personal loss. And remember, we’re here to help you with all your home loan needs as they arise.
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