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    Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?



    Story by Desiree Chavis 

    Marine and Family Programs

    According to the National Hurricane Center, peak season for hurricanes runs from mid-August to late October. Being prepared requires more than having a flash light, canned goods and potable water on hand. Preparedness also means having a proper plan in place. A comprehensive plan starts before disaster hits. Make sure your Family CareEmergency Plan is current, insurance coverage is adequate, proper documentation is secure, and you’ve got an emergency kit and an exit strategy in the event of an evacuation.

    Stay Ready

    Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family or close friends and create an Emergency Family Care Plan. Decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in the event of an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supplies kit. Not sure how to get started? Your local Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB) office can help you stay prepared through a variety of workshops, like the Family Care Plan workshop like Ready, Set, Prepare, where you’ll learn the basics to get yours started.

    Another way to stay prepared is to keep your insurance policies updated. Marines and their families are stationed around the world in places that could be affected by anything from wildfires to hurricanes and man-made disasters. You don’t want to wait until emergency strikes to find out what types of damage are not covered by your policy. Get ahead of the problem by determining what the best policies are to protect your home, depending on where you live. For example, consider renters and/or homeowners insurance, and additional damage protection like flooding and wind insurance if your main policy does not provide adequate coverage for these specific types of damage.

    Also be sure to have a basic emergency kit! The Ready, Set, Prepare workshop If you don’t have a basic emergency kit, MCFTB also offers an Emergency Preparedness workshop, which reviews specificreviews specific information that Marines and their families need to be prepared in the event of any disasters. You will learn how to put together a kit and check emergency equipment with many of the things you and your family will need to be prepared., like flashlights, generators and storm shutters.
    Staying prepared will help you build peace of mind and a sense of security in the midst of adversity, so you and your family can better manage the outcome.



    Date Taken: 08.29.2019
    Date Posted: 08.29.2019 11:47
    Story ID: 337872
    Location: US

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