September is National Preparedness Month, as recognized by Ready.gov, an official website of the Department of Homeland Security. This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” We should all take action to prepare! We are all able to help first responders in our community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes — where we live, work, and visit. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship. 1.) Make a Plan For Yourself, Family, and Friends Make an emergency plan Sign up for alerts and warningsin your area Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan Check your insurance coverage and address any concerns or confusion with your agent Plan financially for the possibility of disaster 2.) Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until help arrives Take “Until Help Arrives” training Check on your neighbors Talk with your power company about utility safety 3.) Practice and Build Out Your Plans Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency Participate in an emergency drill Know how to access community resources (i.e. food banks, shelters) 4.) Get Involved. Be a Part of Something Larger Get your business, campus, faith-based, or community organization prepared for an emergency Join “Weather Ready Nation“ Source: Ready.gov/Business Priority Service Agreement for Businesses For commercial clients, a very important step to consider when developing your preparedness program is the importance of having at least one Priority Service Agreement in place. Having an agreement in place with one or multiple restoration companies will ensure that you receive priority service in times of disaster. Woodard’s Priority Service Agreement (PSA) also ensures that you have a Work Authorization already on file, eliminating the need for additional paperwork and hassle, and expediting our ability to start the restoration process quickly. Further, Woodard’s PSA also locks in pricing for one year, so you know exactly what you’re going to pay for any services needed in the near future. If you have questions about your existing PSA or signing a new one with Woodard, your Account Management Team would be happy to help you!