As National Preparedness Month is recognized
annually in September, this month also serves as a reminder that we all must
take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of
emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and visit.
Take some time to refine and build upon your emergency plans to be prepared to
face any disaster. Identify strengths and areas of your plan that need
improvement. Does your communication plan have up-to-date information? Do
you know how you will communicate with your family if you are not together
during an emergency?
Another important part of being prepared includes being financially ready
before an emergency happens. Budget some time to strengthen your financial
- Consider the costs
associated with disasters, such as lodging, gas, food, insurance deductibles,
and other out-of-pocket expenses, and try to set aside those funds.
- After you do an
initial assessment of what funds you might need to survive following a
disaster, complete an Emergency
Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) to organize essential financial