September is National Preparedness Month, a time to consider how to stay safe in the face of potential disasters. To help members of the Case Western Reserve University community be prepared, The Daily teamed up with the Office of Resiliency to share safety tips throughout the month.
Though you can’t always avoid a disaster, you can stay prepared for one by signing up for public alerts and safe-guarding important documents. These precautions, among other low-cost, no-cost preparedness measures can keep you ready for the unexpected.
Staying safe also means staying informed. Receiving timely information during an emergency or severe weather event can make all the difference. Warning and alert systems that can assist with this include:
In addition to staying informed during a disaster, having immediate access to your financial and medical records after the disaster strikes is critical. Taking the time to safeguard these documents will help reduce stress following a disaster.
Here is a list of important documents that you should protect:
Vital records (birth, marriage, divorce and child custody papers)
Passport, driver’s license, social security card, green card, military service identification and other similar documents
Pet ownership papers and identification tags
Financial and legal documentation
Housing: Lease or rental agreement, mortgage, home or equity line of credit, deed
Vehicle: Loan documents, VIN, registration, title
Other financial obligations: Utility bills, credit cards, student loans, alimony, child support, elder care, automatic payments such as gym memberships