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Develop a plan during National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is a celebration every September to raise awareness of the importance of being prepared for disasters and emergencies that can strike at any time. Plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it̵

7;s important to know what types of disasters may affect your area. Know how you will contact each other and reconnect if you are separated. Create a family meeting place that is familiar and easy to find. If you have any questions, contact our office at 413.475.7283 or fill out our quote form online today!

Step 1: Make a plan by discussing the questions below with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How do I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my protection plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?
  5. Do I need to update my emergency kit?

step 2: Consider specific needs in your household. As you prepare your plan, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can help each other with communication, childcare, business, pets or specific needs such as using medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need help. Consider some of these factors as you develop your plan:

  • Different ages of the members of your household
  • Responsibility to help others
  • Places visited
  • Dietary requirements
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disability or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Language spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Create a family emergency plan quickly and easily with this fillable form made available by

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household.

Step 5: Review your insurance and coverage. Most damage to a structure and its contents caused by water (not flood), hail, wind/tornado, lightning, fire, and explosions is generally covered by regular property insurance after certain deductible payments are met. Contact an Encharter insurance agent to ensure you have sufficient insurance amounts. We can offer coverage from many insurance companies so you get the insurance for your budget and needs! You can reach us at (888) 754-8299 or online at


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