September is National Preparedness Month. So be prepared with resources on BBB.org

Recently, thousands of Americans have had to evacuate their homes for different natural disasters. Having little time to prepare and get out is stressful and scary, and it can happen to anyone.

That’s why FEMA dubbed September as National Preparedness Month. The month raises awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters that could happen at any time.

Here are some simple things you can do to become more prepared and resilient:

Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.

Make sure your phone settings enable Wireless Emergency Alerts, messages from public authorities at the federal, state and local level.

Create an evacuation plan for your household and review it with all family members. Plan how you will leave, where you will go and make a list of shelter spaces available in your area.

Conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.

Participate in a preparedness training or class.

Assemble or update emergency supplies.

Collect and safeguard critical documents.

Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.

Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.

Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.

For more tips on preparing for disasters or to find a business you can trust while you are planning, go to bbb.org.

Reanna Smith-Hamblin is president and CEO of the Better Business chapter serving this region. She can be reached at 502-588-0043 or rsmith-hamblin@bbb.louisville.org.

Reanna Smith-Hamblin is president and CEO of the Better Business chapter serving this region. She can be reached at 502-588-0043 or rsmith-hamblin@bbb.louisville.org.