Prep Talk

Did you know September is National Preparedness Month? Read up on how to prepare and don't get left in the dark!

September is National Preparedness Month. It’s also National Honey Month and National Yoga Month, but that’s a post for another day.

Chances are, with all of the wild weather we’ve been having, you’ve experienced some kind of power outage at your home this year. And you probably know how this can leave you scrambling for flashlights, candles, and extra cans of SpaghettiOs.

At the very least it is an inconvenience, but depending on the scope and scale of the event it can also be costly (think of those filets in the freezer) and dangerous never ever heat your home with an oven).

But readying yourself and your home for a natural disaster or other emergency doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming. In fact, the CDC has a Website, “Emergency Preparedness and Response,” that neatly outlines four steps to get you started:

  • Get a Kit
  • Make a Plan
  • Be Informed
  • Get Involved

One preparedness trend that is taking hold is the portable generator. Generators can be used to power the refrigerator, phones, computer and TV. But there are certain criteria for properly selecting and running a generator. Real Living Real Estate recently posted this video to get you up and running on generator basics. 

With September 11th top of mind for many people this month, it is as important as ever to promote emergency preparedness. Take a moment to ensure the safety of your home and family.

You’ll thank yourself later when all of your flashlights work and your peace of mind is intact.

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I. M. Fedup September 14, 2012 at 01:53 PM
"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail"......


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