National Preparedness Month: Prepare now for future emergencies

| by Mike Gersmeyer
National Preparedness Month: Prepare now for future emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored each year by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It’s a really important time each year for us in the backup power industry because we know the impact a power outage can cause an unprepared family.

Why Emergency Preparedness Matters

A recent Harris Poll proved our thinking all along: families who recently endured a prolonged power outage were much more likely to better prepare in the future. According to the survey, conducted earlier this year, almost one in four U.S. adults had endured a power outage lasting 12 hours or more in the last two years. 

That time in the dark motivated two-thirds of respondents to be more prepared for future incidents, according to the survey. Those results speak to the level of inconvenience an unexpected power outage can cause for an unprepared family. 

So, what can the average homeowner do to avoid this situation? The answer is simpler than you may think.

Build an Emergency Preparedness Kit

At the very least, make a kit and have a plan. FEMA suggests all households should have an FEMA-recommended emergency preparedness kit consisting of: 

  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Adequate water (a gallon per person, per day)
  • First aid supplies
  • Matches
  • Battery-powered radio 
  • Flashlights 
  • Extra batteries
  • Essential toiletry items, such as toothbrush and toothpaste

Also, a family communications plan should be in place well in advance of the next emergency.

Consider Backup Power & Generator Solutions
Additionally, think about other ways to prepare your home for the unexpected. Installing a standby generator is the automatic solution to keep a home’s lights and appliances on and running even when utility power to a home is knocked offline.

Learn more about how GE Generators work as a back-up power solution this National Preparedness Month.

Companies: GE Generator Systems

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