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September - Theme of the Month

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

September - Theme of the Month

During September, SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russell Counties is focused on stressing the importance of being prepared in case of natural disasters. September is National Preparedness Month, and it is the perfect time to put your family’s minds at ease, and plan for how to overcome the worst!

Ready.gov is a great resource for how to prepare your family for any disasters that may impact them. We will also be covering their recommendations over the month, so check back for each week for the week's tasks!

Week #1 Goal: Make a Plan– September 1st-5th

Step #1- Put a Plan Together

Different parts of the country are more at risk for certain types of disasters. Jot down a quick list of these disasters to use throughout building your plan!

Now that you have your list, ask yourself these questions while taking notes:

  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation plan?
  • What is my household communication plan?

Use your answers to begin building your plan.

Step #2- Consider Specific Needs in Your Household

Once you have your plan started, it is time to look at what supplies you need to stock up on. A good way to start is by looking at each member of your family and thinking of any daily items they may need that could be hard to get a hold of during an emergency.

Step #3- Build a Family Emergency Plan

There are many different emergency plan templates to download online, so find one that fits your needs or create your own!  

Step #4- Practice Your Plan with Your Family/Household

Your plan should be almost completed at this time, so it is now time to thoroughly run over it to find any other weaknesses that may be hiding. After discussing these plans in depth with all family members, your small children may be a little nervous. Going over it will also help put their minds at ease, and make everything go smoothly in the event that you do use your plan during an emergency.   

After you have finalized your plan, print it out and put it in a safe place, and mark your calendars for 6 months down the road to update and practice again!

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