A Lasting Legacy
September is National Preparedness Month and this year's theme is "A Lasting Legacy." FEMA's Ready Campaign and the Ad Council selected this year's theme to help get preparedness information into underserved communities and particularly their focus this year is our Black and African American communities. "A Lasting Legacy" encourages Americans to prepare ahead of time for disasters because they have built a life worth protecting for them and their families.
While our neighborhoods are insulated from the brunt of hurricanes, we are no strangers to flash flooding, tornadoes and recently we found we are not insulated from forest fires either. We saw Glen Rose and Granbury threatened with loss of homes and businesses with the recent Chalk Mountain fire. Tornadoes have streaked through Cleburne on multiple occasions and just recently our drought was brought to an end as 9 inches of water was dropped over Crowley, Burleson, Joshua and the surrounding areas in a 24 hour period.
How do you protect the life you have built amidst the uncertainty that a natural disaster will threaten your home or business? Simple proactive preparations can go a long way to helping you recover.
- Make a game plan. Decide ahead of time where you will go if you have to leave your home. What do you need to take with you? Does everyone in your family know the plan and their part in it? Deciding these things ahead of time will help quicken your response and help you get your loved ones to safety in a more timely manner.
- Organize your essential documents for quick retrieval and removal from the building. Do you have more than one copy of important documents like titles, licenses, birth certificates, banking information, insurance information, etc and are they located in separate locations (e.g. - at a relative's home or a safety deposit box at a bank)? Do you have a fire proof safe to store these documents in or are they all together in one container you can easily grab and take with you?
- Stock up! When flooding occurs the city water supply may be contaminated for an unknown period of time. Tornadoes may cause down power lines or other disruption to utilities. Do you have food and water stored or the means to create clean water (e.g. - boil) for your family if normal utilities are not in working order for an extended period of time? Having gallons or bottles of water on hand and canned or dried foods (don't forget a manual can opener if there is no power!) on hand will help your family to eat until normal services can be restored.
At SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County we believe that your family is a legacy worth protecting. If you ever need our help after a fire or water damage emergency, please do not hesitate to call us so we can help make your emergency "Like it never even happened."