This timely reminder is well planned, since we are smack in the middle of hurricane season. But hurricane fears shouldn’t be our only motivation. Tornados, flooding, earthquakes and other natural disasters can strike with little or no warning. And we should each take stock of our personal readiness (and not just once each September).
So how do we use this encouragement properly?
Even a water main break or a power outage can impact your home and community for lengthy periods, leaving you to operate under your own steam. And imagine how much worse it would be if there were a major disaster. With these things in mind, you should take the steps to make CERTAIN that you are prepared.
STEP 1 Assess Your Risks
Discover which disasters are the most likely to occur in your area. Find out if they require special plans or supplies.
STEP 2 Stay Connected
Set up your phone with emergency alerts. Listen to live local radio periodically during the day. Use your desktop, phone or tablet to stay informed on severe weather. Invest in a NOAA weather radio to add to your preparedness supplies.
STEP 3 Get Ready!
Build a disaster preparedness kit with at least three days of food and water, first aid supplies, toiletries, flashlights and other important items.
Create a communication plan with your family, so you can stay in contact during an emergency. Pick a rally point outside your home and outside your neighborhood (if it’s not safe to enter your home or neighborhood).
Finally, just in case things get really bad – you should practice grasping the backs of your knees and pulling your head downward to kiss your ass “good bye”. (I kid about the last one, just making sure you were still paying attention) (Or was I kidding??)
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