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It’s National Preparedness Month: Time to make a plan

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The devastation of Hurricane Harvey stresses the importance for all of us — regardless of where we live — to prepare as best we can for weather emergencies that can impact our lives and communities.

The FTC has information to help you prepare for, deal with, and recover from different aspects of a weather emergency.

Organize your finances. When it comes to preparing for situations like weather emergencies, financial readiness is as important as a flashlight with fully charged batteries.

Replace missing documents. If you’re missing important documents, now’s the time to replace them.

After you’ve gathered these items, store them in a safe, protected place. An easy-to-grab emergency financial kit will make sure you have access to important documents in case the unexpected happens to you.

Check your insurance. Find out if any home, health, or other insurance policy you may have will pay for temporary shelter, replacement clothing, furniture, or other items if you are affected by a hurricane, tornado, or other weather event.

Floodproof your home. If you've been a victim of a hurricane in the past, or you live where storms are likely, your home may be flooded. Prepare for the next flood by buying flood insurance and writing a flood response plan; visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for more information. And find out whether you can floodproof your home now.

Plan for your pets. If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals also are affected by disasters. A little planning done today can help ensure safety for you and your pets during an emergency like a fire, flood, or tornado.

Bookmark this site. If a weather emergency affects you, return to this mobile-friendly site for tips on recovery and information about your rights.

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This is always excellent, timely advice. Thanks for posting it. It's a lot easier to think about what you'd do in an emergency when you are not actually in that emergency.

This is a wealth of info to share with the safety committee at work

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