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How to Be Prepared for Disaster

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September 8, 2021

September is National Preparedness Month, raising awareness for the importance to know what to do in case of emergency. We are participating this year by creating a one-stop guide for everything you need to know about keeping your family safe.  

There are four key things to do to have the best safety plan possible: 

  1. Make a Plan for Disaster 
  1. Build a Safety Kit 
  1. Plan for Fall Weather 
  1. Be Insured 

Make a Plan for Disaster: 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has laid out four steps on how to make a plan for disaster to ensure the upmost amount of safety for you and your family. 

Step 1: Gather Information for Your Plan 

Step 2: Consider Your Household’s Specific Needs 

Step 3: Make your Emergency Plan! 

Step 3: Practice Your Plan with Your Family 

Build a Safety Kit: 

Safety kits are made and designed to keep your family and household sustained for long periods of time after a disaster.  

Here is a list of the basic things that every kit needs. You can download a printable version to bring to the store with you here. 

Just like the safety plan, items for your kit will vary for each family’s individual needs. Consider this list as additional items you may need depending on your household:  

If you are looking for items to keep in a safety kit specifically to be left in your car. See our list of Essential Items to Keep in Your Car. 

Prepare for Fall Weather: 

There are several weather hazards that occur during the fall and winter months.  
These include:  

The National Weather Service has a guide on what to do when you see “watches” and “warnings” for these natural occurrences. Find it here.  

Be Insured:  

Although we can do our best to prepare our homes and loved ones for emergencies. Natural Disasters are a matter of when, not if. It is important to invest in insurance for your car and property. SafeAuto offers Renters Insurance, Car Insurance, and partners with Hippo for Homeowners Insurance for your household to stay as prepared as possible.  

If you would like to talk to a representative about these policies, call us today at 1-800-SAFEAUTO. We are available 24/7 and would love to help you protect you and your family.  

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