DEMA reminds Delawareans to be prepared for an emergency

SMYRNA — Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) reminds everyone that September is National Preparedness Month, the perfect time to take stock of homes, businesses and vehicles to make sure they are prepared and ready for any type of emergency.

On average, September is one of the busiest months for tropical storms or hurricanes in the mid-Atlantic region.

While temperatures may still seem summer-like, fall and winter are just around the corner, bringing the potential for storms that may affect Delaware.

Of special concern to emergency managers in the state are the results of a “Business Insider-MSN” poll released in June that showed only 24 percent of Delaware residents have an emergency preparedness kit, while 49 percent stated that they are “not at all” prepared for a natural disaster.

This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.”

DEMA urges Delawareans to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid and check medicine cabinets and first aid kits to make sure they are supplied and up to date.

Take time to review insurance policies and coverage for the types of hazards that could affect your home or business, such as floods, earthquakes and tornados.

There could be high costs associated with disasters so plan to save for an emergency.

Every home emergency kit should include a supply of cash so that if electric systems are affected during an event, rendering credit or debit cards useless, there will be money available.

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