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​Be Prepared, Not Scared


Weather mapIn Mecklenburg County, we get to experience all four seasons – winter, spring, summer and fall. We also get to experience some of the extreme weather conditions that come with each season – flooding, tornados, hot summers, severe storms and sometimes even snow and ice, just to name a few. It’s important to be prepared for all of these extreme situations so that when you’re without electricity or have flood damage, you have everything you need to stay safe and manage any repairs. 

In honor of National Preparedness Month, here are a few quick tips to make sure you’re prepared, not scared when disaster strikes:  

  1. Save early for disaster costs. Snap photos of important documents and personal belongings to help you quickly file an insurance claim. Plan ahead to make sure you are financially prepared for a natural disaster and keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies, since ATMs and credit card readers won’t always be available. Cash can help pay for immediate expenses like lodging, food and gas.
  2. Make a plan. Sign up to receive alerts and warnings in your area, make an emergency plan with your family and practice it.
  3. Teach your children what to do in an emergency. Make sure all of their school records are up to date, that you have all of their medications and supplies in your emergency kit and that they know emergency contact numbers.
  4. Get involved in your community’s preparedness. Reach out to your community response team and state and local resources.

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