Since September is National Preparedness Month, Loudoun County emergency management officials say it’s a perfect time to prepare for weather-related emergencies and other potentially dangerous situations. Getting ready doesn’t have to cost a lot. Here are some tips from the Loudoun:
- Make a plan. This may be the single most important thing you can do, and it’s free. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. Update your contact information and post it in visible places in your home and workplace. Loudoun County is a partner in the ReadyNOVA.org initiative, which provides free, easy-to-use online tools. For help, go to www.loudoun.gov/readynova.
- Set aside emergency supplies. Don’t wait for a storm. Buy preparedness items throughout the year instead of all at once. Shop at sales and used goods stores. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. If you don’t have emergency supplies, September is a good time to get started. Get a list at www.loudoun.gov/emergencykit.
- Store water. You don’t have to buy expensive bottled water. Just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight. Have at least a three-day supply of water on hand – that’s one gallon per person per day.
- Check your insurance policy. Take a few minutes to review your insurance policy during National Preparedness Month. Get with your agent to make any necessary changes. Consider adding flood insurance. Renters can get flood insurance, too. When a disaster strikes, you want to be sure that your coverage will help get you back on your feet.
More information about emergency preparedness is available on the Loudoun County website at www.loudoun.gov/oem.