Be informed about Georgia disasters and build your own ready kit at ready.ga.gov.

As we enter the start of the spring and summer storm season, it’s a great time to spend a little time making sure you’re ready for worst-case weather scenarios like getting caught in the path of a severe thunderstorm or tornado. Disaster preparation can make a difference between incurring small losses or large losses, minor injury or major injury, and the speed that it takes to restore your life to normal.

The full list of steps to take is too long for the space allowed here, but can be summarized in 4 steps:

  • Prepare

    – Create a Ready Survival Kit for your home and your cars.

    • What would you need if you were stranded for 3 to 7 days?
  • Make a plan today

    – Prepare an Evacuation Plan and Communication Plan and distribute to all family members. Some of the basics are:

    • Establish a meeting place, contact plan and reconnect plan if separated.
    • Add all emergency contacts to everyone’s phone and emergency kit and be sure to also include the numbers for emergency service companies and your insurance company claims department.
    • Rehearse and conduct family drills with young children and even do a family field trip to the local fire station.
  • Stay informed

    – Utilize today’s technology to stay informed and connected before and during a disaster.

    • Install mobile weather apps on all phones, Set severe weather alerts even when you’re sleeping, Buy a battery-powered radio with extra batteries or hand-crank radio.
  • Build an inventory

    – Create and maintain a current inventory of your personal and business possessions.

    • Documenting what you have will help the insurance claim and restoration process go smoother.

A few great sites to visit for information and resources on disaster preparation are:

ready.ga.gov

iii.org/apps-and-software

knowyourstuff.org

Being prepared for a disaster is important and can prevent unnecessary personal injury, loss of property, or loss of life. In addition to the 4 steps listed above, now would be a great time to review your insurance coverages with your personal or business insurance agent if you haven’t done so in the last year.