Each part of the country deals with different disasters during different parts of the years, from flooding, to wildfires, to snow and ice storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Here in the Sarasota area of Florida we typically deal with hurricanes, and on occasion a tornado. September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, a time to get together and put together a plan should a disaster occur.
This is especially important in our area, the hurricane season is heating up as it is normally our most active part of the year right now. It’s important that each family and business have a plan in place should a hurricane occur. There is a disturbance headed our way as we speak.
Here are some tips to prepare your home and business in the case of a potential disaster.
Come up with a plan should there be a disaster in your area. Your plan should include talking to your family members, or co-workers about what to do in the days leading up to the event, during the event, and how you will react once it’s over. Everyone should be able to get in touch with each other during these time periods.
Build a supply kit that has enough for everyone for several days’ worth of goods. Don’t forget to include any special needs such as medications, or food for pets. Keep your kits updated and be sure that the medication isn’t expired, or out dated. There are other things that should be in this kit such as phone numbers for insurance policies, important documents such as birth certificates, passports, photos of your home or business. Numbers of contractors such as your roofing contractor, in case you’re in need of a roof repair afterwards.
Being prepared ahead of time won’t lessen the impact, but it can help to ease the stress, and allows you to worry about the more important things when you have everything you need already at your fingertips.