Protect the Ones You Love this February

Know Your Plan_2Protect the ones you love this February by  building a disaster preparedness plan using the Know Your Plan app. The app allows you to easily help keep your family and your home safer during a disaster, and is available for free at the iTunes Store.

Know Your Plan, which can be used on iPhone, iPad and iTouch, was developed by the Insurance Information Institute, and features property protection guidance from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). The app contains IBHS disaster preparedness checklists for hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes, severe winter weather and evacuations. It also gives you the option of setting up reminders to complete a task, tracking your progress and customizing and sharing checklists with your social network. Additional functionality includes a built-in Google Crisis Response feed with access to local emergency information. Know Your Plan is available in iTunes, or by searching “Insurance Information Institute” in the App store from any iPhone. 

Show your family the you love them by taking the time to build a plan today. By getting organized now, you can be ready for what may come later. For additional disaster preparedness resources, please visit IBHS’ DisasterSafety.org. Meanwhile, use the following guidance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to build an emergency supply kit:

Basic Emergency Supply Kit

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

  • Manual can opener for food

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger