September, The Month of National Preparedness
Prepare Your Home:
In light of the recent news of Hurricane Hermine on the east coast, there are many tips to follow when preparing your home and family for any loss or damage during severe weather situations. September is the month for a new beginning for many, as children and teens return to school for another academic year, and parents return to evolve around their children’s daily routines. This month also marks the end of the warm summer days, as autumn will soon take over, and chillier nights will have us reaching for our blankets. Nevertheless, hurricane season does not end until the last days of November, and it is important for all families to be prepared in the event a natural disaster affects us. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast and leaving large cities without electricity for days. The lines for gasoline stations were longer than ever, hundreds of thousands of vehicles were destroyed, and hundreds of homes were even burned down by flames of fires that erupted at instances. The overall damage cost cities billions of dollars, and it took months of labor to have repair the aftermath of this hurricane.
Selective.com reminds us of items to keep in stock in our homes. Choose battery powered lanterns for each person in the household over candles. Candles are a fire hazard and lanterns are more luminescent. Make sure to have fire extinguishers for large areas of the house. Especially in the kitchen, basement or garage where fire can occur. Always store important documents, such as passports, in a fire rated safe. It is vital that you store warm clothes, extra blankets, and plastic covers for each member of your family. The goal is to maintain warm and dry for several days. Lastly, a survival kit should be prepared. It is advised to have canned food, a can opener and at least a gallon of water per person in the house. The kit should also contain extra batteries, a flashlight, a first aid kit including any medication, a radio and sanitary items. Take the time to prepare your home. Stock your home appropriately and ensure the safety of your family, before it’s too late.