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 September is National Preparedness Month - Practice and Build Out Your Plans


As National Preparedness Month is recognized annually in September, this month also serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and visit.

Take some time to refine and build upon your emergency plans to be prepared to face any disaster. Identify strengths and areas of your plan that need improvement.  Does your communication plan have up-to-date information? Do you know how you will communicate with your family if you are not together during an emergency?

Another important part of being prepared includes being financially ready before an emergency happens. Budget some time to strengthen your financial preparedness.
- Consider the costs associated with disasters, such as lodging, gas, food, insurance deductibles, and other out-of-pocket expenses, and try to set aside those funds.

- After you do an initial assessment of what funds you might need to survive following a disaster, complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) to organize essential financial information.




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