National Preparedness Month 2021
September of each year is National Preparedness Month in the United States. SERVPRO promotes this month in an effort to get our friends and local patrons to understand the importance of be prepared for any disaster that could strike. As COVID-19 has brought upon numerous situations for most, if anything, it has stressed the very importance of being prepared. Natural Disasters could include Flooding, Wildfires, Extreme Heat, a Pandemic, Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Lightning Strike, Blizzards, Hurricanes and much more. While we are not immune to some of these because we live in the Southeast, we are vulnerable to most.
Ready.gov, a federally funded website helps with the planning for when disaster strikes. According to Ready.gov, a standard Disaster Supply Kit includes but is not limited to:
- Water (at least one gallon per day per person for no less than three days)
- Food (again, three-day supply)
- Battery powered or hand-crank radio
- First Aid Kit
- Extra Batteries
- Dust Mask
- Plastic Sheeting by which to build a shelter
- Duct Tape
- Trash bags and Moist Towelettes
- Manual Can Opener
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Additional supplies would also include any pet supplies, prescription medicine, insurance information, face coverings (during a pandemic or in the event of a biological disaster), feminine supplies, paper and pencil, and more.
Have a plan. Communicate the plan to family members. Rehearse the plan routinely with them and ensure everyone knows communication plans, phone numbers, evacuation plans, meet-up locations and more. Rehearse these so often that everyone knows them by nature, and in the event the worst happens, you and your family will be #ready!
If your home suffers damage from a storm, give SERVPRO of LBL South a call at (731) 642-1284. We are #HeretoHelp!
Recommended Supplies List: https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/ready_emergency-supply-kit-checklist.pdf