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Prepare for the unexpected. Protect what matters most.

September is National Preparedness Month – a time for recognizing that natural disasters and emergencies can strike at any time. It’s important to have a plan for these unfortunate situations.

This isn’t something you have to do alone. ServiceMaster Restore can help you create the best plan for a worst-case scenario. While you may not expect it, you can have a plan for it.

How to make your emergency preparedness plan

1. Know your risk.

Understand which emergencies and disasters can occur in your area, so that you can begin your preparedness plan. Learn more about hurricanes, tornadoes and floods and preparedness steps you can take.

2. Assign roles and responsibilities.

Have a family meeting to talk about emergency situations. Give each member of your family a task to do in case disaster strikes. Remember that you may not be together when something happens, so discuss where you can meet or how you’ll contact each other.

3. Create a kit.

Stock up on basic supplies you might need if you were to evacuate your home. Items may include food, water, first aid supplies, medication, batteries, flashlights, blankets and pet supplies. Put these items in a lightweight, waterproof container and place it somewhere that can be easily accessed. Check out the How to Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit article for more details on what you should consider packing.

4. Prep your property.

You can reduce the risk of injury to yourself and damage to your home by preparing your property for disaster. Recommendations on how to effectively prepare your home will vary based on which risks your area is susceptible to. Check the ServiceMaster Restore blog to find ways you can prepare your home for specific disasters.

5. Practice your plan.

Mock scenarios with your family and even your neighbors can help everyone understand how to prepare for, react to and recover from a disaster with confidence. Find ways you can all work together to keep each other safe.

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If a disaster does strike, you don't have to face it alone. The professionals at ServiceMaster Restore are available 24/7 every day of the year to help you recover.