How To Prepare For Possible Disasters

Whether it was flooding in the Midwest, wildfires in California, volcanic eruption in Hawaii or even an active monsoon season in Las Vegas, 2018 has seen its share of natural events. As National Preparedness Month begins, people should review steps they can take to prepare for possible disasters:

· Make a plan — Could you survive a disaster for a day? A week? A month? Determining your family’s needs ahead of time can better prepare you in the event that your supplies are disrupted. Learn how to make a disaster plan here.

· Practice your plan — If a fire happens at your home, does your family know how to evacuate? If you need to leave your home quickly, can you do it? Do you have important documents in an accessible location? Having an emergency plan is half the battle. Practicing that plan through drills can greatly enhance your preparedness.

· Learn skills to help your family and neighbors — During disasters, emergency responders may be stretched, meaning help may not arrive quickly. Learning skills such as CPR, basic fire suppression, first aid and more can help save lives. The Red Cross of Southern Nevada offers a number of courses. You can also join the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which teaches you how to fight small fires, conduct search and rescue operations and more.

· Check Your Coverage — If a disaster strikes, will your insurance policy cover the damages? Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance does not cover flood damage. Consider adding flood insurance to your coverage. Keep your insurance documents in an easily accessible location, and keep copies inside your emergency kit.

· Save for an Emergency — Are you financially prepared for a disaster? Only half of all Americans have an emergency fund. Save a little money from each paycheck in an emergency savings account.

· Get Involved — Once you have better prepared yourself and your family; and learned essential life-saving skills; spread the word. Build preparedness communities in your neighborhood, business, school or church. You can also sign up to receive community-based alerts or download the Southern Nevada Emergency Preparedness App.