National Preparedness Month 2019
September has been National Preparedness Month sponsored by FEMA and ready.gov. The theme for the 2019 campaign has been – Prepared, Not Scared. While we are not affected by the different disasters covered in the FEMA plan, we are no stranger to disasters caused by storms in the Joplin area.
Less than four months ago in May, Carl Junction was struck by a tornado. We have seen unusually heavy rains bring extensive flooding to many counties in the four-states. Cherokee, Crawford, Labette in southeast Kansas as well as Jasper, Newton, McDonald, and Barry counties in Missouri have been hurt by flooding.
The National Preparedness Month website outlines four general areas for consideration when preparing.
- Save Early for Diester Costs: This helps us understand the financial impact a disaster can have. It urges people to check their insurance policies for gaps and learn more about flood insurance. It also looks at the costs outside of insurance coverage that victims may be faced with.
- Make a Plan to Prepare for Diesters: We are all encouraged to make an emergency plan, contingency plans, and to practice these plans.
- Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters: This works hand-in-hand with the second bullet point but goes beyond with kid specific tips. One of the most important being helping children be able to communicate with parents if they are separated at the time of a disaster.
- Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness: All are encouraged to get involved to help their neighbors in the case of a disaster. The website sited below offers various links you can explore to see the how you can help.
Don’t forget to prepare you business for a disaster as well. An Emergency Ready Plan offered free of charge from SERVPRO of Carthage/Joplin can save precocious time getting you operational following a disaster. And in business time equals money. Start your preparation by calling today 417-623-1388.