In lieu of National Preparedness Month, we’re sharing tips to help you stay prepared throughout the month of September. Here are some easy tips to help you prepare for a national disaster.

Planning Financially

Understanding Your Coverage

Understand your insurance and what coverage you may or may not have. For example, Aluratek is based in an earthquake zone and it’s important to know what is covered and what is not.

Prepare Your Savings

It’s easy to spend money here and there and forgetting about our savings. Remember to prepare an emergency savings account and to keep putting money into it. Also, always have cash available at all times in the case that you don’t have access to a bank during a disaster.

Get the Right Insurance

Make sure you’re equipped with the right insurance like renters insurance and flood insurance. Review your policies annually and adjust as necessary.

Planning Your Documents

Make Photocopies

Make photocopies of all of your documents and we mean all of them! From you passports to your insurance information, immunization shot documentation and social security cards, you never know when you’ll need an extra copy. Other documents to possibly include are mortgage documents, birth certificates, tax statements, and sources of income.

Keep records of your medical information as well including phone numbers and contacts of your physician and other medical providers.

Make sure to obtain information about your bank institutions as well as other important contact information including family and friends’ numbers.

Make a Plan

Putting a plan together is important when disaster strikes, especially when your family is not together.

Like we said, make sure to collect all of your information. But even more importantly is to share those documents! Make photocopies and be sure to distribute it to your family members so they can store it in their homes, backpacks, cars, etc.

Signup for Alerts

Make sure to signup for alerts from your city and government to receive important updates.

Consider Your Family’s Situation

It’s important to take into consideration what’s around you. If you have pets, locate your carriers, pet food, and practice evacuating them. Consider if your family might have any disabilities or special prescriptions and be prepared to have any equipment and accessible means of transportation ready.

Find a Meeting Spot

Whether it’s somewhere inside your home during a tornado, or a meeting spot near your neighbourhood, out of town, be sure to have a safe spot that everyone can meet at.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

Make sure your emergency kit has the items below. They’re inexpensive and can be easily found at your local convenience or grocery store. Here are the essentials:

Water: Have one gallon of water per person, for at least 3-4 days

Food: Have non-perishable food available

First aid kit

Medication

Dust masks

Flashlight

Emergency hammer/tool to breakout of windows or doors

Portable battery chargers

Battery powered radio

Light emergency blanket

Sanitary products like trash bags, wipes, toilet paper, and other necessities

It’s important to have these all ready before a disaster happens. What are you doing to stay prepared?