National Preparedness Month: Know Your Risks

Published on September 04, 2023


Week One: Know Your Risks

As an older adult, you may have specific needs after a disaster. Use the following information to assess your needs and take simple, low-cost steps that help you get better prepared.

  • Know what disasters could affect your area, which could call for an evacuation, and when to shelter in place, and plan for both.
  • Keep a NOAA Weather Radio tuned to your local emergency station and monitor TV and radio for warnings about severe weather in your area.
  • Download the FEMA app and get weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.
  • If you live in a flood-prone area, find out if your home is in a flood zone. o Flood damage isn’t covered by standard homeowner’s insurance policies and just one inch of floodwater can cause more than $25,000 in damage.
  • Everyone should consider flood insurance. Even if your home is in a low- or moderate-risk flood zone, purchasing flood insurance is a smart choice. More than 20 percent of flood insurance claims come from properties not in identified high-risk zones.
  • Renters should purchase flood insurance contents policy. Flood damaged household goods are rarely salvageable.
  • Talk to your insurance agent about flood coverage or visit ALSO, KCK residents, learn more about our improved floodplain rating and savings on your flood insurance premiums.

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