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Do You Have a Disaster Plan?

Superstorm Sandy and approaching winter weather have turned thoughts to how we would survive a natural disaster. Being prepared when natural disasters, severe weather, or other emergencies occur, can help you get through the situation. What does being prepared mean? Here are some questions to get you started.

  • Family communication is important. How will you contact each other? Do you have a designated contact person who could be a family member or a friend. If you can't go home, where will you meet? What will you do in different situations?
  • Do any family members have special needs?
  • Do you have pets? Plans need to include them.
  • Do you know where your important papers are? Your important papers may include birth certificates, social security cards, insurance ID cards, insurance policies, financial papers, home ownership papers, marriage certificate, and others. It is good to keep these in a waterproof, fireproof box and copies in a second secure location.
  • Do you have a household inventory? Again, keep a second copy in a secure location.
  • What should you have in a disaster supplies kit?

These resources provide tips, checklists, and other information to help you answer these questions and be prepared.

Ready.gov

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