August’s Tip

Check here each month for crucial preparedness tips

Lightning Strikes

If you hear thunder, lightening is close enough to strike you. Always seek shelter in an enclosed permanent building or metal-topped vehicle.

Learn more about Lightning

 

BE PREPARED  /  JULY’S TIP

Freezer Full of Food

A freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours, and a full freezer between 36 and 48 hours.

Learn more about Power Outages

 

BE PREPARED  /  JUNE’S TIP

Storm Season

June is the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which continues until the end of November. Typically, hurricane warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of an anticipated tropical storm. That doesn’t give you much time to prepare. Starting early gives you the time you need to ensure everything you need is ready in case of extreme weather.

Read more about Storms.

 

BE PREPARED  /  MAY’S TIP

Leave the Light On

A power outage can happen at any time. If the power goes out, make sure to leave the light switch turned to ‘on’ in one room so that you can tell when electricity is restored.

Read more about Power Outages.

 

BE PREPARED  /  APRIL’S TIP

Fleeing a Flood

April showers bring May flowers, or floods. Take the time to learn which roadways around your home, school or workplace are likely to flood and find an alternative route to avoid those areas.

Read more about Flood safety

 

BE PREPARED  /  MARCH’S TIP

Create a Flood File

A flood could happen at any time, and water can destroy your personal possessions. Create a personal flood file containing copies of vital documents, including insurance policies (with agent’s contact information) and information about all possessions. Keep it in a secure place, such as a safe deposit box or waterproof container.

Read more about Floods

 

BE PREPARED  /  FEBRUARY’S TIP

Practice your Plan

Evacuations are more common than most people realize. Many disasters leave very little time to gather the essentials, which is why a Family Disaster Plan is so essential to safety. Create a plan this month, practice it throughout the year, and make changes when necessary.

Read more about Family Disaster plans

 

BE PREPARED  /  JANUARY’S TIP

Keep it Clean

During cold weather it can be nice to warm up by the fireplace. Be sure that you have chimneys, wood stoves, and all home heating systems inspected and cleaned annually by a certified specialist.

Read more about Fire safety

 

BE PREPARED  /  DECEMBER’S TIP

Let it Snow

The dangers of winter storms include icy roads, exposure and hypothermia, traffic accidents, heart attacks, and power loss. Before a winter storm strikes, make sure your home and vehicles are stocked with the supplies you might need during a storm event.

Learn more about winter storms

 

BE PREPARED  /  NOVEMBER’S TIP

Practice Makes Perfect

In case of a home fire, families should practice their fire drill at least two times a year. During the drill, time your escape route so you know how long you have to get out of your home should a fire start.

Learn more about fires

 

BE PREPARED  /  SEPTEMBER’S TIP

September is National Preparedness Month

Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on their wind speed, pressure, and damage potential. Categories One and Two are extremely dangerous and warrant full attention. Category Three and higher are considered major hurricanes with winds of 111 to 115 miles per hour or more.

Learn more about how to prepare for a major storm

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