By Deborah Reeves | September is National Preparedness Month, and now is the time to make sure you and your family stay safe during an emergency. Read on for tips and resources to help keep you safe.
As thousands of acres burned in the Columbia River Gorge, our hearts ached to see the devastating photographs and video footage of our beloved forestlands and favorite hiking-trails in flames.
While most of us at Mortgage Trust were looking at the fires from the safety of a screen, a few of our employees were put on evacuation notice and had the surreal experience of packing their bags, their important documents, and family photographs (not to mention frightened pets and farm animals) and prepared themselves to leave their homes at a moment’s notice.
Thankfully, everyone is safe, and the panic has passed. But as Oregon, Texas, and now Florida, have shown us, we never know when a natural disaster may strike and it is wise to be as ready as you can be.
September is National Preparedness Month and a great time to begin taking your first steps!
Get Your House in Order
- Make an Emergency Plan for your family and your home
- Prepare your Pantry and your Water options
- Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area
- Document your property & ensure you have appropriate insurance for relevant hazards
Plan to Help Your Neighbor & Community
- Learn skills you’ll need to help yourself and others until help arrives
- Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and vulnerable
- Join Weather Ready Nation
Prepping is Serious Stuff, But Have Fun While You’re Doing It!
- Take Oregon’s creative #14Gallons Challenge!
- Join Trackers PDX Wilderness Skills Club!
- This fun game will turn your kids into Disaster Masters!
Do you have any readiness-tips you’d like to share with us? We’d love to know what you’re doing to prepare this September!
This is for informational purposes only and is not a commitment to lend. The opinions and views expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of Mortgage Trust, Inc. Terms and conditions of programs, products, and services are subject to change without notice. All loans are subject to credit and property approval. Certain restrictions may apply on all programs.
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