National Preparedness Month is recognized every September to promote community disaster planning, with the theme for 2020 being “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” Disaster recovery specialist recommend that this is a great time business and homeowners to review their emergency preparedness action plan and business continuity plans.
No matter where you live or work, emergencies caused by weather, fire, wind, water, and other natural or man-made disasters can strike at any time. The insurance damage specialists at Orion Construction would like to emphasis that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disaster’s impact on your property and its belongings.
Below are weekly suggestions from www.ready.gov. it is time to time to create, or update, your plan for when disaster strikes:
Week 1 (September 1st-5th): Make a Plan
- Determine lines of communication, designated meeting places in case of separation, and responsibilities for each member of your household. Depending on the needs of your family, you may require additional planning steps.
- Know when specific emergencies such as floods, tornadoes, floods, and winter storms may occur by paying attention to severe weather watches and warnings. These watches and warnings can be obtained from:
- Local media sources.
- The National Weather Service;
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Weather radio
- Emergency information on your cellphone
- Prepare a designated communications plans for your home in case of emergency or disasters. Create a plan when you will shelter in place or a plan of evacuation.
- Predetermined meeting locations that your family and/or friends know.
- Identify an out-of-state contact for household members to notify that they are safe.
Week 2 (September 6th-12th): Build a Kit
Every home and business should have a basic emergency supply kit ready for any emergency, at any time of year. Make or print out an emergency check list to use as you assemble your kit. Include the following necessities:
- bottled water
- battery-powered radio
- a first aid kit
Week 3 (September 13th-19th): Prepare for Disaster
In Northeast Ohio, one of the most common disaster you may face is severe thunderstorms creating wind, hail or water damage to your home or business. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
Week 4 (September 20th-26th): Teach Youth About Preparedness
Make sure children’s needs are included in your preparations. Include their items in your disaster kit, talk with them about protocols and procedures in the event of a disaster situation, and answer any questions they may have.
Power outages, tornadoes, floods, or snowstorms – it is important to plan for emergencies! Orion Construction is here 24 hours a day for emergency board ups, roof tarps, tree removal and temporary power hookup in the event your property is damaged. After the storm disaster our highly trained carpenters will help rebuild your property in Canton, Akron, and surrounding communities. If you need our services call us at 330-244-9708.
For more information about National Preparedness Month, visit https://www.ready.gov/september.