IEMA offers tips to help residents in disaster recovery

April is Recovery Preparedness Month, and IEMA has released a helpful guide on how residents can be prepared to quickly and efficiently recover from disasters.

Here IEMA’s five tips:

  • Get Organized. Secure and organize financial and critical personal, household, and medical information. Having these items in a safe place can expedite insurance claims and other emergency expenses. 
  • Savings. Saving is the best financial defense against disasters. A little bit at a time can go a long way. A rainy day fund can help you invest in your family’s safety. 
  • Insurance. Obtain property (homeowners or renters), health, and life insurance if you do not have them.  
  • Inventory. Make an inventory of your possessions using photographs and/or videos of your belongings. 
  • Communication. Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes. Develop a Family Communication Plan. This will outline how you will contact one another when a disaster strikes. 

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