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How to Prepare Your Family for an Emergency

When major disasters strike, visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s Emergency Management page to access demographic and economic data for impacted areas. 

National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. This year’s theme is Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love. Below are some simple tips to prepare your family for an emergency!

What to Do in a State of Emergency

Information provided by U.S. Census Bureau

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. 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.

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of A Second Chance, Inc.

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