September 1st marks the of end of summer for many Americans. More importantly it marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month. September has been designated as National Preparedness month in an effort to urge more Americans to prepare their families and homes for unexpected events and crises.
Unexpected crises, whether a hurricane, tornado, blizzard, or non-weather-related disaster, affect us all. It only takes one to change your life. Moreover, recent events such as Hurricane Sandy and the floods that followed, are an important reminder that we can be tremendously impacted by disasters at any moment. Ruvna is committed to doing our part to raise awareness of the importance of preparation.
In the spirit of this week’s theme, “Preparing Family & Friends”, we want to share 5 easy steps to help make sure your friends and family are prepared.
1. Know Your Risk
Use www.ready.gov to search for information about where you live. Whether it’s Alaska or Florida, FEMA has you covered. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem, and blizzards affect far more than just New England. Knowing your area’s extreme weather risks can help you make better informed decisions and effectively prepare for crises.
2. Put Together an Emergency Kit
A disaster supplies kit is a simple collection of basic useful items you might need in the event of an emergency. It’s generally recommended that every emergency kit have enough food, water, and general supplies (bandages, batteries, sleeping bag, etc.) to last for 72 hours.
3. Make a Family Disaster Plan
Where will everyone assemble in the event of an emergency? What will we do if an emergency happens in the middle of the day? What should I bring? Everyone in the home should be able to answer these questions (and more) without hesitation.
4. Stay Up to Date
Know where you can go for reliable information during an emergency event, and sign-up for updates from your local emergency management offices so you get information sent directly to your phone. Similarly, while it might seem like something out a disaster movie, evacuations are more common than many people realize. Find out what your local evacuation zones are, and understand instructions for if/when the time comes.
5. Talk to Your Neighbors
During an emergency it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep the neighborhood safe. This starts with having neighborhood contact information and talking with your community to make sure everyone’s needs are known. Do you have any neighbors with medical conditions that might need special assistance during an evacuation? Do your neighbors know about any special assistance someone in your home might need? A few short conversations can go a long way to making sure everyone stays safe.
We will be posting preparedness related materials on Twitter (@RuvnaTech) all month, so make sure to follow us for great safety tips and advice all month long!
[avatar user=”marshall.singer” size=”70″][/avatar]Marshall Singer is a Co-Founder and the Chief Financial Officer of Ruvna. Prior to Ruvna, Marshall worked at Nanapi Inc., a Tokyo based media company, and the SBA’s office of investment and innovation. You can find him on twitter at @singermarsh.