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Not an Eagle Scout or a Doomsday Prepper? That’s OK, but you should read this!

September 15, 2015

With Summer winding to a close and kids back to school, most people forget that September is National Preparedness Month. Do you have a plan in place should a disaster occur?

This time of year is potentially the most active for hurricanes and tropical storms. I’m sure you remember hurricanes Sandy and Irene and the devastation that they left in their wakes. BUT disasters can happen anywhere, at any time of year, with little or no notice. From blizzards to hurricanes to tornados – the East Coast sees its fair share of Natural Disasters. When seconds count, you need to have a plan in place to keep yourself and your family safe, including your pets. Here are a few tips to keep you safe should the need arise:

Know where to take shelter or evacuate should a house fire or other localized disaster occur. Have a few back up locations in case Plan A isn’t suitable. Just like a fire drill in school, practice your evacuation drill with your family.

Develop a family communication plan. If you were to get split up, how would you contact your loved ones, and where would you meet? Have a predetermined meeting place in the event of separation. If your family includes pets, it is beneficial to have them microchipped. Many pets get displaced during emergencies or disasters, and a simple scan of the chip can reunite owners with their furry family members.

Create an emergency supply kit for any type of disaster. Bad things happen whether at home or away. Create a

Canned foods, emergency radio and supplies for disaster preparedness on white background

portable supply kit that includes first aid supplies, a radio, flares, flashlights, food and water. If you have pets, make sure to gather food, water, carriers, leashes, and medical records to provide vaccination history.

Have a preparedness strategy for recovery after disaster strikes. The safety of you and your family, as well as overall health and wellbeing are important. Whether it be natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods, or pandemics and home fires, having an immediate preparedness plan and course of action can mean the difference between survival and devastation.

It’s important to make sure that you have a plan in place should any emergency occur. Educate yourself on your surroundings and local contact information, whether at home or traveling. Being prepared for the worst can help save your life whether you have several days’ notice of a disaster or only several minutes.

September is a great month to make sure your insurance policies are up to date and provide the coverage you need, should disaster strike. Have questions? Give us a call today, and we can walk you through our home owner’s insurance policies including our Flood and Earthquake insurance plans – (860) 482-3508.

Laurie Fisher

Personal Lines Account Manager

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