It Doesn’t Cost a Lot to Be Prepared

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September Is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month 2013It’s no secret that disasters, both natural and man-made, seem to be occurring frequently in the U.S. September is National Preparedness Month and the perfect time to get ready for whatever may come, including tropical storms.

Being prepared for emergencies doesn’t have to cost a lot. Here are a few simple steps to take:

  • Make a plan. This may be the single most important thing you can do, and it’s free. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. Update your contact information and post it in visible places in your home and workplace. For help, use the free emergency plan worksheet at www.ReadyVirginia.gov or www.ReadyNoVa.org, or get the Ready Virginia app from the App Store and Google Play.
  • Set aside emergency supplies. Don’t wait for a storm. Buy preparedness items throughout the year instead of all at once. Shop at sales and used goods stores. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. If you don’t have emergency supplies, September is a good time to get started.
  • Request a gift. We all get things we don’t need. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from friends and family.
  • Store water. You don’t have to buy expensive bottled water. Just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight. Have at least a three-day supply of water on hand – that’s one gallon per person per day.
  • Check your policy. Take a few minutes to review your insurance policy during National Preparedness Month. Get with your agent to make any necessary changes. Consider adding flood insurance because most policies don’t include it. Renters, you can get flood insurance, too. When a disaster strikes, you want to be sure that your coverage will get you back on your feet.

Encourage your loved ones to get ready for emergencies during National Preparedness Month. And if you would like to join a national community of families and organizations that are preparing for emergencies, visit the website www.Ready.gov and click on the “Pledge to Prepare” banner.

Finally, if you’re looking for some easy things you can do to get better prepared, check out these 30 ways to become prepared.

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