As we near the end to National Preparedness Month, it is important to recap all the safety steps for an emergency situation. SERVPRO North Huntington is a part of the Ready Campaign, founded to increase preparedness throughout all communities in the U.S., and taking an active role in helping our community prepare for emergencies.
What does it mean to be prepared?
To be prepared means staying informed, knowing how to get information and alerts from local state, tribal and territorial emergency management agencies, and understanding the specific risks in your community and preparing against them. Meet with community resources such as Citizen Corps (www.citizencorp.gov.) first responders to coordinate planning in your community.
Households should have an emergency supply kit so they can be self-reliant for at least three days in case of emergency, and to have a plan for how they will respond and reconnect after an emergency. Go to Ready.gov for information on creating a supply kit and writing a plan, see the Family Emergency Plan template and Emergency Supply Kit checklist.
Employers should plan for how they will survive a disaster: they should back up critical information, develop a plan for assisting employees on site, establish a call tree to account for employees and identify back-up sources of power and supplies. See Ready Business at Ready.gov/business for more information.
It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire or water damage never reopen! Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Are you “ready for whatever happens?”
Preparation is a key component for making it through any disaster, big or small. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed contingency plan. It’s a free service that gets you not only prepared for disaster but also a preferred client if disaster strikes.
We have taken steps as an organization to become better prepared and informed, and we urge you to take time to do the same at home and in our community.
To sign up for an ERP today, call 631-423-1734.
And always remember, SERVPRO of North Huntington is here for you.