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National Preparedness Month 2017: Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

Thursday, September 07, 2017
Flooding Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

September is National Preparedness month, and with the devastating effects of hurricanes Harvey and Irma fresh on our minds, preparedness is understandably a very important topic. Below are invaluable tips and links to detailed information from our friends at

  • Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. Make an emergency plan today
  • Preparing the family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation over dinner.
  • Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area.
  • Download a group texting app so your entire crew can keep in touch before, during & after an emergency.
  • Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan.
  • Check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.National Preparedness Month 2017 Logo
  • What important docs should you have in your emergency kit? The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit explains them all.
  • Make digital copies of important documents and save them on the cloud or a secure cell phone app in case disaster strikes. 
  • Plan financially for the possibility of disaster. Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies.
  • How will you pay your bills if a disaster strikes? Find out how.
  • Knowing how to shut off utilities like gas, water, & electricity is key after a disaster.
  • Get the @fema app with weather alerts for up to 5 locations.
  • Beware of frauds & scams when seeking disaster assistance. Federal/state workers never ask for/accept money and always carry IDs.
  • Flood-proof important documents by putting them in plastic bags to protect against water damage.
  • Flood insurance policies have a 30-day waiting period before they go into effect. Plan now for floods.
  • Do you know what to do when an emergency happens? Learn the 5 key actions you can take to save a life.
  • In the wake of an emergency, it’s okay to move the injured away from ongoing danger. Learn how you can help.
  • Take a first aid & CPR class with your local Red Cross chapter.
  • Have at least a one-week supply of medications.

To learn about how TSA is preparing for Hurricane Irma and its support for Houston’s relief and recovery efforts in response to Hurricane Harvey,  please read our announcement.

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