When a hurricane is brewing, residents flock to the store to stock up on bottled water and fill their tanks with gas. While last-minute provisions like bottled water and gas are important, ideally, hurricane and emergency preparedness begins far in advance. With some advance preparation, you can have peace of mind and a solid plan in place to protect your family and your home in the event of a hurricane or other emergency.
The helpful team at FEMA has provided the following list of resources to help you prepare for a hurricane or other emergency.
- Financial Preparedness is one key way to prepare for emergencies. The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit helps users familiarize themselves with documents they need to keep, insurance policies they should consider, and how saving money for a rainy day can make emergencies easier.
- How to Prepare for a Hurricane – this is a user-friendly guide that comes with a preparedness checklist in the back of the document.
- Know Your Risk walks homeowners through the National Flood Insurance Program. The FEMA flood map service center is a good resource so people can check flood risk and flood map revisions for their address
- FEMA’s Building Sciences division published this user-friendly checklist to help homeowners think about the soundness of their house. It’s part of the Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways To Protect Your Home From Flooding, a much longer, highly technical publication.
- In Florida, the Division of Emergency Management has a useful site that will help people build a tailored plan.
- Help the whole family get prepared! Prepare with Pedro, is a great tool to get kids thinking about preparing for all hazards.
Did you know? September is National Preparedness Month and the peak of hurricane season. Share this blog post with your friends and family to help them get prepared too!