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Pre-disaster financial planning is essential for individuals and families to complete because disasters leave many without access to finances or with expensive damages. You may need cash for the first few days, or even several weeks. Safeguarding your finances is easy if you start now.
According to Ready.gov, 1 in 4 families have not planned for emergencies and only 40% know how to plan. Being prepared, having a plan and understanding what to do is the best protection, is your responsibility and can reduce fear, anxiety and losses that accompany disasters.
Tornadoes, floods, thunderstorm winds, hail, lightning, heat, wildfires, rip currents and tsunamis - spring is three months of danger that can imperil the unprepared.
Once you have developed your disaster plan, you need to practice and maintain it. Practicing your plan will help your family instinctively take the appropriate actions during an actual emergency; even in the middle of the night. You should review your plan at least annually and make updates as necessary.
A Disaster or Emergency Supplies Kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency because will not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them and you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
Power outages are possible because of tropical storms and other severe storm systems. Follow these tips to keep food safe before, during and after a power outage during severe weather.
Red Cross First Aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) training and certification meets the needs of workplace responders, professional rescuers school staffs, professional responders and healthcare providers, as well as the general public.
Plan how you will assemble your family and supplies and anticipate where you will go for different situations. Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency and know the evacuation routes to get to those destinations.
How long would it take you to find copies of financial records, insurance documents, birth certificates and more if you had to evacuate at a moment's notice? Before a disaster strikes is a good time to find and organize important documents you might need.
All disasters follow the same basic guidelines - not doing anything is a plan to the destruction of property and life. Some specific tips to reduce harm to property and persons - if one chooses to "shelter in place" before a disaster occurs are:
"Why should I prepare for a disaster?" Simply, you should prepare because a disaster can strike without warning, forcing you to go for days without basic necessities or to evacuate your home. Moreover, the threat is real - disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year and each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property.
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