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September is National Preparedness Month

Delaware Emergency Management Agency | Date Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2018



(Smyrna) – The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) reminds everyone that September is National Preparedness Month, the perfect time to take stock of homes, businesses, and vehicles to make sure they are prepared and ready for any type of emergency.  On average, September is one of the busiest months for tropical storms or hurricanes in the mid-Atlantic region.   While temperatures may still seem summer-like, fall and winter are just around the corner, bringing the potential for storms that may affect Delaware.  Of special concern to emergency managers in the state are the results of a “Business Insider-MSN” poll released in June this year that showed only 24 percent of Delaware residents have an emergency preparedness kit, while 49 percent stated that they are “not at all” prepared for a natural disaster.

This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is “Disasters Happen.  Prepare Now.  Learn How.”  DEMA urges Delawareans to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid, and check medicine cabinets and first aid kits to make sure they are supplied and up to date.  Take time to review insurance policies and coverage for the types of hazards that could affect your home or business, such as floods, earthquakes, and tornados.  Just one inch of water can cause $25,000 worth of damage to a home, and most homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover flood damage.  Check with your insurance agent to see what is covered by your policies, and find out if you should have additional flood insurance.

There could be high costs associated with disasters so plan to save for an emergency.  Every home emergency kit should include a supply of cash in the event that electric systems are affected, rendering credit or debit cards useless.  Recovery from a disaster may require deductibles or other out-of-pocket expenses to be paid prior to any reimbursement.

Don’t forget to “Make A Plan.  Make A Kit.”  A household emergency plan should take into account factors unique to your household, and include a communication plan.  Existing emergency kits should be checked, and outdated supplies discarded and replaced.  If there is not already an emergency kit, take the time to better prepare your home and family and put one together that meets your household needs.

For more information on preparedness, log on www.ready.gov, or preparede.org for helpful tips and checklists.

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September is National Preparedness Month

Delaware Emergency Management Agency | Date Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2018



(Smyrna) – The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) reminds everyone that September is National Preparedness Month, the perfect time to take stock of homes, businesses, and vehicles to make sure they are prepared and ready for any type of emergency.  On average, September is one of the busiest months for tropical storms or hurricanes in the mid-Atlantic region.   While temperatures may still seem summer-like, fall and winter are just around the corner, bringing the potential for storms that may affect Delaware.  Of special concern to emergency managers in the state are the results of a “Business Insider-MSN” poll released in June this year that showed only 24 percent of Delaware residents have an emergency preparedness kit, while 49 percent stated that they are “not at all” prepared for a natural disaster.

This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is “Disasters Happen.  Prepare Now.  Learn How.”  DEMA urges Delawareans to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid, and check medicine cabinets and first aid kits to make sure they are supplied and up to date.  Take time to review insurance policies and coverage for the types of hazards that could affect your home or business, such as floods, earthquakes, and tornados.  Just one inch of water can cause $25,000 worth of damage to a home, and most homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover flood damage.  Check with your insurance agent to see what is covered by your policies, and find out if you should have additional flood insurance.

There could be high costs associated with disasters so plan to save for an emergency.  Every home emergency kit should include a supply of cash in the event that electric systems are affected, rendering credit or debit cards useless.  Recovery from a disaster may require deductibles or other out-of-pocket expenses to be paid prior to any reimbursement.

Don’t forget to “Make A Plan.  Make A Kit.”  A household emergency plan should take into account factors unique to your household, and include a communication plan.  Existing emergency kits should be checked, and outdated supplies discarded and replaced.  If there is not already an emergency kit, take the time to better prepare your home and family and put one together that meets your household needs.

For more information on preparedness, log on www.ready.gov, or preparede.org for helpful tips and checklists.

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