National Preparedness Month

Disasters can strike at any time. While you cannot prevent a natural disaster, you can prepare for one.

September is National Preparedness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of preparing for natural disasters or emergencies. Below are ways you can prepare your family, home, and insurance.

  • Have an easily accessible emergency preparedness kit in your home in case of a natural disaster such as a flood or tornado.
  • Your emergency preparedness kit should include: drinking water, nonperishable food, a can opener, flashlights or portable lanterns with extra batteries, a first aid kit, and a crank or battery-operated radio.
  • Create and practice a disaster plan and know where to go during a fire or where to take shelter during a tornado.
  • Review your home insurance policy with your provider and understand if you have enough coverage to rebuild your home, replace your possessions, and cover additional living expenses incurred while your home is inaccessible due to a disaster.
  • Create a home inventory of your possessions and download your insurance provider’s app to speed up the claims filing process.



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