Severe Weather Safety Tips in Support of National Preparedness Month from Paul Davis
– Paul Davis offers Family Emergency Plan form –
Terre Haute, IN – August 27, 2018 – National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September and provides an opportunity to prepare now and throughout the year. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the readiness program focuses on safety during many types of emergencies. This year, the effort features an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. For more information, visit the website at https://www.ready.gov/september.
According to FEMA, take time to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid, check insurance policies and coverage for possible hazards such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. And, consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters. One’s action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, can be important when preparing in advance to help oneself, families, and residents in the community.
Paul Davis of Terre Haute, a leading provider of fire, water, mold and storm damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties, can assist with being prepared during an emergency such as severe weather or a natural disaster.
Paul Davis recommends the following safety tips:
- Take Action – Know the specific hazards and risks in your area.
- Create a Family Emergency Plan – Know how to communicate during an emergency. Download the plan form at https://pauldavis.com/blog/2016/08/11/create-a-family-emergency-plan/.
- Build an Emergency Ready Kit – both at home and in the car – that includes at least three days of water, food and first aid supplies to help you survive if you lose power or get stranded in your car.
- Be an example – Be a positive influence in your community by sharing your preparedness story on social media to help others learn how to prepare for an emergency.
- Get involved – Find out how you can promote preparedness in your community through the American Red Cross and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
For a basic emergency kit:
- Water – one gallon per person per day for at least three days
- Food – include packaged, non-perishable food
- Clothing – change of clothing and a sleeping bag for each person
- Radio – battery-powered or hand crank radio, a NOAA Weather Radio
- Cell phone and charger
- Batteries – for the flashlight, radio and any other electronics
- First aid kit – sterile gloves, adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze pads, iodine/alcohol pads, medical tape, pain reliever, emergency Mylar blanket, thermometer, prescription medications and supplies
- Portable waterproof containers – for IDs, insurance policies, bank account records, site maps, employee contacts, computer backup files, emergency and law enforcement information, and priority documents. Store a second set of records off-site.
Contact a licensed professional or restoration and emergency services company if damage to your home or business is significant. Qualified technicians are certified from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Visit the local office website at www.pauldavisth.com.