Hurricane Preparedness Week - Complete a Written Plan
May 1st - 7th, 2022 is Hurricane Preparedness Week
As we come to the end of Hurricane Preparedness Week, realize that this is just the beginning. Being ready to weather the storm means taking what we focused on this week and staying abreast of what needs to be done.
The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. A written plan takes the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect your home and family.
Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a Hurricane Watch is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line.
Make a Plan
1. Discuss the following with your family to start putting together your emergency plan - how will you receive warnings? what is your shelter plan? evacuation route? household communication plan? do you need to update your emergency preparedness kit?
2. Consider specific needs for your household - pets, medicine, responsibilities of helping others, dietary needs, medical equipment, etc
3. Fill out a Family Emergency Plan - check out this link from ready.gov as a guide to create your own that fits your individual family's needs - Family Emergency Communication Plan
4. Practice your plan so everyone knows what to do and can remain calm in an emergency
There are many ways to take action and prepare before a disaster occurs. Simple actions at home and in your neighborhood can make a big difference.
Of course, SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties is available 24-7 to help after an emergency.