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Things You Should do During National Preparedness Month

Things You Should do During National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about disasters and how to best plan and prepare for them. National Preparedness Month is especially necessary right now, with the bout of hurricanes hitting The United States’ southern region. Although there currently isn’t a forecast for a hurricane to slam Northern Virginia, these southern hurricanes are serving as a wake-up call for many of us in the region.

Hopefully you’ve already done what you can to establish disaster preparedness for your family, but if you haven’t, now’s the perfect time to finally get it done. Don’t be taken by surprise if disaster strikes. Here are some things you can do this month to make sure you’re always prepared for anything:

1. Make an Emergency Plan

A great first step is to create an emergency plan for a few scenarios. Your plan should be thorough, logical, and well thought out. You can easily search online for elements that you must take into consideration when making your plan, but here’s a good list to start out:

  • Understand your household’s needs: How many people are in your household? How old is each member? Do any of your family members have any handicaps or disabilities that will need accommodation during an emergency? What role will each family member play in an emergency (for example, the oldest child may be responsible for watching younger siblings)?
  • Consider likely disaster scenarios: One of the worst parts of disasters is that they’re unpredictable, but you can always educate yourself on what disasters you might be more susceptible to. Here in Northern Virginia, you might be susceptible to a flood or house fire, but the area is a lot less likely to suffer a drought, for example. It certainly can’t hurt to prepare for just about anything, but educating yourself on the disasters that are more likely to happen can help you create a solid plan.
  • Plan for Possible Evacuation: Your ideal evacuation route might vary slightly depending on your different disaster scenarios, but you should map out a route to safety so you know what to do in case disaster happens. Also make sure you pick a safe destination, like a hotel or a friend’s house.

2. Store Supplies and Food

Alongside your emergency plan, it’s necessary to stockpile supplies and food.

  • Supplies: There are several items that are good to have on hand for an emergency, but the key is to not overpack. You should make sure you have a first aid kit, flashlights, battery-powered radios, cell phone chargers, extra batteries, tools, and more. Make sure these items are gathered together and all ready to go. During an emergency, you might not have time to run around your house gathering necessary supplies last-minute. You also most likely won’t have time to gather personal belongings during an emergency. If you want to save certain valuables or comfort items, store them with or near your emergency kit. However, again, keep your list to a minimum and don’t risk your life trying to save personal items at the time of an emergency.
  • Food & Water: Always have plenty of food and water on hand for a disaster, especially if you are unsure how long you will be without power or away from your home. The key to food storage is to pack non-perishables like canned meats, vegetables, and fruits. Don’t put anything in your emergency food storage that will go bad, unless you intend to use it right away. Make sure you have plenty of water on hand, too. It is recommended that you store enough water for one gallon of water per person per day, for at least 3 days.

3. Sign Up for Local Alerts

Make sure you can be notified for a disaster or emergency as soon as possible! Most local governments have an alert system that will send a notice to you via email and/or text in the event of an emergency. You should always have this alert turned on so you can be notified of a disaster at a moment’s notice and enact your emergency plan. Many local organizations like police departments will also post updates on social media, so if your phone’s battery life can support it, keep checking your social media channels.

4. Pick an Expert Home Repair Company Just in Case!

If a disaster like a hurricane or fire does affect your home, you unfortunately will likely have some damage to clean up afterward. Before disaster hits, do some research on local contractors who can restore any damage. Property Solutions is an expert home improvement and repair company in Northern Virginia. We offer fire damage restoration, mold removal, water damage restoration, snow removal, and much more in Northern Virginia and the surrounding DC metro region. We understand that dealing with the aftermath of a disaster is frustrating, confusing, and overwhelming, and that’s why we offer 24/7 local response. We are here to serve you and clean up the mess.

If you have questions about how to prepare for emergencies or about how we can help after a disaster, call us today at (571) 526-0075!

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