The City of Norwalk asks residents to take action now to prepare for emergencies and natural disasters
September is National Preparedness Month, and the City of Norwalk encourages everyone to learn how to prepare for emergencies by being ready, involved and informed. The purpose of National Preparedness Month, designated annually by the Federal Emergency Management Agency following 9/11, is to raise public awareness about the importance of being prepared for disasters of any kind. The goal of the initiative is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions.
The focus for the first week of National Preparedness Month is: Save Early for Disaster costs. A few steps residents can take this week include:
- Snap photos of important documents and personal belongings to help you quickly file an insurance claim after a flood.
- According to the Federal Reserve, 40% of Americans don't have $400 in savings. What will you do if there is a disaster! Learn tips to become more financially prepared: www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness. This page has information and resources including the Emergency Financial First Aid kit.
- 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.
- Set aside a small amount from each paycheck to go into your savings account.
- Do an insurance review. Make sure your policies are current and you have updated contact information (including emergency contact numbers) for your agency. If you are a renter, consider Renter’s insurance to cover your contents.
- Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance does not cover flood damage. It can take 30 days for most flood insurance policies to go into effect. Don’t wait until it’s too late! For more information visit: FloodSmart.gov
Additional resources to help residents and business owners prepare can be found at www.ready.gov/september