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Get Safe, Stay Safe!

There are so many things we get tied up in every day, but when a crisis comes – very little matters except the safety of yourself and your family.  If you have been through that feeling, or watch others say it with tears in their eyes after a flood, fire, hurricane or other disaster you know it is really true. 

That said, there are a few things you can do to prepare for a situation that may upset your life. Start now, do a little at a time and in a matter of weeks you will be as prepared as you can be with the accompanying peace of mind that will make your life so much better.

Here are a few to do now:

  • Make a family emergency plan. (click here for our downloadable PDF)
  • Rehearse and update the emergency plan at least once a year.
  • Create a 72-hour emergency kit that fits in a backpack.  Keep it in your car or somewhere that you can grab it as you head out of the house to a safer location should you be forced to evacuate. (click here for a downloadable 72-hour kit check list)
  • Move your priceless treasures out of the basement and put them in the attic in sealed waterproof containers.
  • Create an inventory of the valuables in your home. (click here for our home inventory PDF)
  • Make copies of your important papers including insurance papers, banking information, passports, etc. and keep them in a secure location like a safe deposit box in a bank. Several other things can be stored there too like extra cash, an extra copy of house and car keys, land or home deeds, birth certificates, etc.
  • Taking pictures of your items and gathering/coping or scanning receipts for items as you buy them can help to prove ownership and value. Keep your photos, receipts and your inventory in a safe place such as a fire proof safe, on a remote computer or anywhere else that they cannot be destroyed. 
  • Medicines – often it is not possible to have extra supplies of prescription medicines on hand, but you should have a list of what you or your family members take, what pharmacy you frequent, your doctor’s name and contact information, and the most recent prescription number for each one.  Having this information on hand will make emergency supplies much easier to get.