How You Can Celebrate National Preparedness Month

 Get prepared for any accident or disaster.

As the summer nights close in and the autumn months approach, now is the time to prepare for any accidents that may occur. Until you experience a disaster, you may not think very much about preparing for any unfortunate situation.

However, taking the time to make sure that you are prepared for any disaster that you may face can help to ensure your safety. September is National Preparedness Month, making right now the best time to check all of your preparedness plans.

Restock the Car’s Emergency Kit
Your car should always have a First Aid kit, snack bars, plenty of drinking water, blankets, and a flashlight. Now is the time to check those expiry dates on the snack bars, refresh the water, and replace the flashlight batteries!

Schedule a Maintenance
Your car should be given a once over before the winter months hit. A loss of tread on the car’s tires could cause the car to skid on black ice, and a low tire pressure can increase hydroplaning on water. The car fluids should be topped up, and the body and tires should be checked during this month.

Install Safety Devices in the Home
Burglars love the dark nights so you might consider adding that deadbolt to the door, replacing your outside light bulbs, and installing a security alarm. Check to be sure your fire alarm’s batteries are working and purchase a fire extinguisher.

Get Your Pets Microchipped
In the event of an emergency, you and your pets may get separated. You can reunite sooner by micro-chipping your pets!

Make a Plan
Everyone in the household should help to develop the emergency plan so that they know what to do should something occur. A meeting point and an emergency contact person should be established, as well as looking into alternative routes should roads be closed, and pet-friendly motels in case you need to evacuate the house.

Review Insurance Policies
The best way to prepare for an emergency is prevention. Update your health and life insurance policies, along with your homeowners and auto insurance so that you remain protected should an incident arise. To find insurance policies that will help to protect your family and finances after a disaster, contact the professionals at Perry & Carroll in Elmira, New York today.