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July 2018

5 Things You Can Do To Prepare For Disasters

A couple of weeks ago as I was watching the rain fall in sheets from my deck, my phone’s emergency alert went off. SEEK SHELTER NOW TORNADO WARNING. At first, I was like: “Tornado warning, this is Connecticut, we don’t get tornadoes.” But then my training kicked in and I herded my dogs and myself into the designated safe part of my home. Within an hour I was getting the “Are you OK” calls. One of the tornadoes touched down about ¼ mile from my home.

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I knew what to do and here are 5 things you can do to prepare:

  1. Seek out education. Your local Emergency Management Office, Fire Department, or local Red Cross may offer CERT (Community Emergency Response Training.) It is a 20-hour program that is broken up over the course of a weekend or weeknight. It’s free. FEMA.gov (Federal Emergency Management Office offers free online workshop and manuals. Pawsitive Educational Training offers workshops as well (Not Free.)
  2. Have your local fire department come out to your home or business to show you how to turn out utilities and assess your risks.
  3. Set up a buddy system with a neighbor to evacuate each other’s pets in the event you can’t get to them.
  4. Identify the structurally soundest place in your business or home if you need to shelter in place.
  5. Plan a 4 directional route and note pet friendly hotels along the way in the event you need to evacuate.

It’s a proven fact that those who prepare for emergencies and disasters fare better than those who do not.

I can help your business weather the storm. For more information email Mary@PawsitivelyPretty.com.