September is National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month! SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra wants to incourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to take action! This is an ideal time of year for individuals and families to update their emergency supply kits and family emergency plans, and to become better informed about different threats and local emergency plans. Many things can change over the course of a year, and it is imperative that the entire family have the most up-to-date emergency contact information, and plan in place as they head back to school and work. It’s about talking to your family and figuring out what you should do if an emergency happens in your community. Where will you meet if you get separated, and cell phones are down? What emergency supplies will you need and where should you keep them?
One simple thing that individuals and families can do to be prepared, is to have a family emergency plan. To develop one you should ask yourself some important questions, such as: “In the event of an emergency, is there a safe place for my family to meet?” This is especially important if you aren’t allowed back into your home or neighborhood by local law enforcement or the National Guard. “What is the evacuation location and plan of my child’s school? Does everyone in the family have one another’s contact information, and the contact for an out-of-town relative to take roll-call?”
One of our missions at SERVPRO® of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra has always been to contribute to the communities where we live and work. This month we have an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference by joining forces with companies and communities throughout Northeast Florida to help prepare our families, friends, colleagues, neighbors and communities for emergencies. Whether they are naturally occurring or man-made.