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How to Prepare, God Forbid, for a Disaster

Posted on September 6, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

September: National Preparedness Month

It’s National Preparedness Month, September 2018, giving us a special reminder to prepare ourselves and our families for, God forbid, an unexpected disaster.

Why?  Because disasters happen. So prepare now and learn how.   

This year’s devastating hurricanes and wildfires underline the value of preparing for disasters.  Often, we will be the first in our communities there when a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive.  So it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself, your family and your community.

Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

Catholic Charities provides help when disasters strike.  From the World Trade Center disaster to Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, Catholic Charities served as the premier provider and coordinator of disaster relief. 

Our professional staff and volunteers visit parishes to deliver information and resources.  We collect and distribute food and supplies.  We tailor our response to meet individual needs. We provide help. We create hope.  We rebuild lives.   

Let’s get started!  Here’s a quick summary.  Click the links to learn important details.

  1.  Make an emergency plan
  2. Sign up for alerts and warnings
  3. Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan

Whether you are hit by poverty, illness or natural disaster, Catholic Charities NY is here for you.

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