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Posted on: September 11, 2023

Staying Safe During a Natural Disaster Requires Early Preparation

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One of the best ways to prepare for a disaster – whether it’s wildfire or flooding or a major weather incident – is to be ready before it strikes. 

September is National Preparedness Month. It’s a helpful reminder to get a head start on preparing you and your family. 

These are some tips for keeping your family safe before disaster strikes: 

  • Sign up for Lookout Alert to receive emergency notifications – it’s a regional collaborative to ensure you get up-to-the-minute information.
  • Create a grab & go bag that includes water, food, medicine, a first aid kit, a flashlight, batteries, and important documents. Check it every six months to ensure it has adequate supplies.
  • Make an emergency plan for your family and pets.
  • Know your evacuation routes, which can change depending on the nature of the disaster, and practice leaving your home and finding shelter.
  • Recognize warning signs for emotional distress such as pulling away from people, having low or no energy, or feeling helpless.

Click on the links in each tip above for more detailed information. Most important: be ready to go! Taking advantage of the time you have now to prepare can have a huge impact on saving time and lives when pre-evacuation orders go into effect. Questions? Contact our office via email.

Stay safe,

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