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National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), which emphasizes awareness of emergencies that could affect our daily lives. Natural disasters are at the forefront of these potential emergencies, which are the most likely to happen as the weather patterns become more volatile and unexpected. While Champaign and our surrounding communities might not be in immediate danger of a hurricane, earthquake or major flood, it is important that households are prepared for any emergency scenario. We have taken some tips from the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and other authorities on the subject and come up with a list of recommended actions.

Develop a Communications Plan – Choose an out-of-town relative or friend whom family can contact in case you are separated during an emergency. Make sure that everyone has the contact’s name and phone number in their wallet.

Land Line Phone – According to Digital Trends, 47 percent of households in the U.S. only have cell phones in their home. Which means only about half the homes in America have a landline available for telephone communication. If cell service goes out for any reason, the best way to communicate in a disaster is with a landline. If you no longer have a landline, consider installing one for emergencies.

Keep Kids Informed – Make sure that your kids memorize their phone number, address and the contact number of the out-of-town emergency contact. This is especially important if your kids have a cell phone and don’t have to memorize their contacts. Encourage them to learn all of the important numbers in case they are unable to use their smart phones in an emergency.

Evacuation Route – Learn your community’s emergency evacuation routes. Fires, floods and hurricanes cause massive evacuations every year. Find the safe, recommended routes and plan a drill to ensure everyone is familiar and comfortable with the plan.

Evacuating Yourself and Your Family

Closing Utilities – In the case of evacuation, become familiar with turning off all your home’s utilities including gas, water and electricity.

Utility Shut-off & Safety

Emergency Preparedness Kit – Put together an emergency kit that will allow you and your household to survive without electricity for at least three days. Include first aid essentials and a flashlight in addition to food and water.

Keep Cash – Always keep some emergency cash on hand in case automated cash machines aren’t working.

Medical Preparedness – Learn CPR and basic first aid measures in case of a medical emergency during the disaster. Have the entire family take a class at the local community center or YMCA.

Create a Plan – Reach out to your community, whether it’s the neighborhood watch or civic association, and help to develop a disaster preparedness plan.

Meeting Place – Establish a designated meeting place for the household in case communication has been compromised and family is scattered. Find a location that is near the home and offers shelter such as a library or grocery store.

Emergency Supplies – Keep your emergency supplies in sealed containers placed in a dry, cool area. Keep the containers shut tight with tape.

You will also want to review the programs and activities that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers within our state. Visit this link and download the Illinois document.

Remember that Cassel is here for you whenever you need emergency 24/7 repair on your HVAC. Call us anytime day or night at 217-689-4522 for complete service on your heating or cooling system.

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