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Preparing for the Unexpected

Create an Escape Plan
If a natural disaster or fire strikes, an escape plan will bring some calm to the situation especially for young children who may panic in an emergency.  Have a main route for escape as well as a backup option.  Practice your plan twice a year.

Protect Vital Documents
Keep important files in a fire and weatherproof box in your home or in a safety deposit box out of the home.

Prepare an Emergency Kit
Having the right supplies on hand can make all the difference.  Make sure that everyone in the household knows the location of the kit.

Know Where to Go
Evacuation locations may change depending on the situation, so it’s important to know where your city’s major evacuation centers are located.  Identify other  places you can go such as family or friend’s homes in other areas.  Choose destinations in different directions so you have options during an emergency.

Check Your Coverage
Review your homeowner’s insurance to determine what damages are covered.  Most don’t cover floods or earthquakes, so consider purchasing separate coverage.

Set Up Local Emergency Alerts
Stay informed by signing up for emergency alerts in the city you live in.  Your city’s government website can tell you how to get them.

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