Don’t wait for an emergency to think about being prepared. We support the public awareness campaign which is sponsored by the National Safety Council and the United States Department of Homeland Security to prepare for emergencies with the key, four basic steps including get a kit, make a plan, be informed and get involved
Jacksonville, FL (Vocus) August 28, 2009
September is “National Preparedness Month” and that means it’s time to plan for emergency preparedness measures for the home and business. According to the sponsor, the National Safety Council, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. In support of this event, Paul Davis Restoration, a leading national provider of structural clean up and restoration services for losses due to water, fire, storm and other disasters, offers the following tips on how to prepare for possible emergency and disaster occurrences.
According to J. "Sonny" Bass, Paul Davis Restoration’s Technical Director of Emergency Services, the company is participating in National Preparedness Month to help raise awareness of the importance of being prepared for catastrophic events and natural disasters. Each year, Paul Davis Restoration offices respond to thousands of emergency calls throughout the country – providing property owners and insurance professionals with specialized water and fire damage restoration solutions. Paul Davis technicians are certified by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is the leading industry organization that specializes in certification, training and standards for the emergency mitigation, restoration and structural drying industry.
“Don’t wait for an emergency to think about being prepared. We support the public awareness campaign which is sponsored by the National Safety Council and the United States Department of Homeland Security to prepare for emergencies with the key, four basic steps including get a kit, make a plan, be informed and get involved,” said Bass. “We suggest that everyone has a ‘ready plan’ with the tools, tips and additional resources to prepare the home and office for anything that may happen,” he said. “Also, be sure to contact a reputable, licensed and insured restoration contractor like Paul Davis Restoration to repair damage resulting from emergencies like floods, fire, smoke, storms or other disasters.”
Bass also encourages everyone to have a Basic Emergency Portable Supply Kit that should at least include the following items:
Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
Battery - powered or hand crank commercial radio and a NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries for both
Cell Phone - with charger
Flashlight - and extra batteries
First aid kit – with sterile dressings; antibiotic ointment; burn ointment; adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes; scissors; eye wash; thermometer (adult and baby); non-prescription drugs such as aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever; prescription medications; prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment.
You should also consider adding the following items to your kit:
Can opener, garbage bags and plastic ties
Infant formula and diapers
Personal and /or feminine supplies
Pet food and extra water for your pet
Documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.
Matches in a waterproof container
Paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
Paper and pencil
Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Bass recommends that business owners keep the following items and copies in a waterproof, fireproof portable container including records like site maps, building plans, insurance policies, employee contact and identification information, bank account records, supplier and shipping contact lists, computer backup files, emergency or law enforcement contact information and other priority documents. Store a second set of records at an off-site location.
“Talk to your family, friends and co-workers about what emergency preparedness steps and supplies they can feasibly provide, if any. It takes all of us to prepare for and respond to an emergency,” Bass said.
National Preparedness Month is in its sixth year. This year, the campaign will focus on changing perceptions about emergency preparedness and will help Americans understand what it truly means to be Ready. Visit the websites for more information at http://www.nsc.org and http://www.ready.gov.
Paul Davis Restoration is one of the nation’s leading providers of reconstruction, emergency mitigation, restoration, and remodeling services in the areas of residential and commercial property losses due to fire, water, mold and other disasters. The company also specializes in contents cleaning, restoration and inventory tracking for residential and commercial insurance claims. Paul Davis Restoration was established in 1966 and has franchise office locations throughout North America. For more information about Paul Davis Restoration, call 904.737.2779 or visit the website at http://www.pdrestoration.com.