With National Preparedness Month beginning
From emergency kit assembly to critical resources, this round-up of preparedness information is a good start for proactive individuals or families. The infographic collects practical recommendations as well as survey information that sheds additional light on disaster impact and preparedness throughout the country.
* Millennials2 are the most likely generation to have an emergency plan (44 percent) and kit (49 percent).Comparatively, 41 percent of baby boomers have a kit and just 38 percent have a plan
* Among the individuals with emergency kits who have pets, 35 percent have nothing for their pets in the kit, while 30 percent have pet-specific kits
* Relatively few individuals consider medical prescriptions (27 percent) and important documents such as passports (15 percent) among the most important items to include in an emergency kit. Eighty-two percent cited food and water as critical kit elements.
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"As insurers, we see the aftermath of damaging storms and wildfires up-close and personal and we know that preparation can help make a difference," said
Disaster preparedness is often overlooked, but our inability to control the weather doesn't mean that we're powerless in the face of major weather events. Here are a few preparedness next steps you can take (more tips and information available at Farmers.com/prepare):
* Be Proactive: To start, prepare an emergency kit with necessary supplies, food and medicine and make a communication plan. Identify your area's evacuation routes to determine where your family will meet, and how everyone will get there, should you need to evacuate.
* Listen Carefully: Having as much advance warning as possible before a severe weather situation is critical. Become familiar with your community's early warning system, and make sure all family members know what to do when an alarm sounds.
* Know Your Neighbors: There really can be safety in numbers. Join (or start) a neighborhood organization so residents can communicate and share emergency resources, such as generators or chainsaws, if need be.
* Research Your Local Risks: Learn about the possible emergencies that are more likely to happen in your region and how best to respond to them. Educate yourself as well about emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared.
* Inspect and Protect: Once the storm has passed and you've checked in with family and friends, the next step is to call your insurance agent to report any property damage. If it is safe to do so, you can help protect your property from any further damage by making emergency repairs to your home. This could include boarding up windows, putting a tarp on the roof, and salvaging undamaged items.