Emergency Preparedness: How often do you think about emergencies or disasters? by Anastasia Ellis SERVPRO of Santa Clara

Emergency Preparedness

How often do you think about emergencies or disasters? Maybe after it happens to someone else, but other than that, probably not very often. Taking just a few steps can give you the tools to help ensure your family and your business stay safe. According to the 2009 Citizen Corp National Survey, only 36 percent of individuals believed there was a high likelihood of a natural disaster to ever happen in their community. But disasters happen every day in many different forms – from hurricanes to earthquakes, and even localized events such as floods and power outages. Many people think that it will be easy to grab items from your pantry if disaster strikes. But what if you aren’t at home? What if your family is separated? What if you have to leave quickly? What about your elderly neighbor? The Ready Campaign and Citizen Corp encourage you to take few extra minutes to plan for any emergency. Emergencies will happen, but taking action now can help us minimize the impact they will have on our lives. SERVPRO of Santa Clara provides help to individuals, families, and communities to be prepared for any disaster. Make a plan, put together an emergency supply kit and stay informed. Together we can make strides to help ensure our loved ones stay safe. Please review your emergency supply checklist.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit: ·         Water, one gallon per person per day ·         Food, non-perishable 3-day supply ·         Manual can opener ·         Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert       and extra batteries ·         Flashlight and extra batteries ·         First aid kit ·         Whistle to signal for help ·         Clothing ·         Dust mask or bandannas ·         Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and dust tape ·         Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary ·         Local maps ·         Hygiene Items ·         Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information ·         Cash ·         Fire Extinguisher ·         Matches in a waterproof container

Anastasia Ellis SERVPRO of Santa Clara Phone: 408-392-9700 Email: aellis@servproofsantaclara.com servproofsantaclara.com/