FEMA's National Preparedness Month Spotlights the Importance of Understanding and Managing Risk
Local SERVPRO disaster mitigation specialist urges Bedford-area residents to create a disaster management and recovery plan before the unexpected happens
September is National Preparedness Month, part of the ongoing "Ready" initiative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). According to FEMA's "Are You Ready" guide, the first step in effective disaster preparedness is to understand your specific risks - first by identifying the hazards that could possibly affect you and then by evaluating your actual vulnerability to those sources of danger.
"Once you understand your risks, you can effectively plan to mitigate them by decreasing your vulnerability and then manage their consequences quickly and effectively if the worst does happen," says disaster mitigation specialist Ryan Wolfe of SERVPRO® of Lawrence, Owen, Greene & Martin Cos.. "Of course, individual home or business owners' risks vary depending on their location, but regardless of where you live or work, FEMA's guide has some basic steps that everyone can take to prepare for the unexpected."
In addition to the planning tools and checklists provided by FEMA, businesses like SERVPRO that specialize in disaster mitigation and restoration offer free tools that make disaster recovery easier. The free SERVPRO READY app allows home and business owners to store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed in seconds with a mobile device. Local business owners who designate SERVPRO of Lawrence, Owen, Greene & Martin Cos. as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider benefit from a no-cost assessment of their facility along with help completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.
"The uncomfortable truth is that no amount of preparedness will prevent disasters from striking, but preparedness can help disaster victims survive and then recover," says Wolfe. "When disaster strikes, sometimes it's difficult to even know where to start picking up the pieces. Having critical documents and details at your fingertips helps, but so does having access to professionals who know how to help you return to normal, 'Like it never even happened.' The disaster remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Lawrence, Owen, Greene & Martin Cos. know what to do when you don't know which way to turn. We're here to help when you need us."
For more information on SERVPRO of Lawrence, Owen, Greene & Martin Cos., please contact Ryan Wolfe at (812) 275-2244 email@example.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit https://ready.servpro.com.
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