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National Preparedness Month 2018

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September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s overall theme is: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.  The theme empowers all of us to take an active role in preparing for disasters and emergencies.

Each week, we will highlight tips and steps to take an important preparedness action. 


Week 1: Sept. 1-8 - Make and Practice Your Plan


Learn how with steps from the Ready Campaign:

  • Make an emergency plan, including how you and your family/household will communicate after a disaster.
  • Sign up for the San Mateo County Alert System, SMC Alert.
  • Learn your evacuation zone and make an evacuation plan.

Week 2: Sept. 9-15 - Learn Life Saving Skills.

Check out the following sections found in the Life Saving Skills Toolkit:

  • Fire Safety
  • Power Outage
  • Natural Gas
  • Emergency Plan
  • Financial Preparedness

Week 3: Sept. 16-22 - Check Your Insurance Coverage.

Learn how with steps from the Ready Campaign:

  • Insurance is the first line of defense; check your insurance coverage for adequate coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.  Ask questions now before you need to use it!
  • Snap photos or shoot video of important documents and personal belongs to help you quickly file a claim.
  • Flood Insurance allows communities and families to recover more quickly and more fully. Visit Floodsmart.gov to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business. Just one inch of water can cause $25,000 in damage.

Week 4: Sept. 23-29 - Save for an Emergency.

  • Plan financially for the possibility of disaster. You will have expenses like lodging, food, and gas, after a disaster.
  • Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK).
  • Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency.
  • Only about half of all Americans have an emergency fund. This gives them the money needed to help with increased expenses after a disaster. Get tips about creating a fund.
  • Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies.