Following Extreme NV Weather, Are You Prepared for Next Disaster?
Thursday, September 7, 2023
The state of Nevada has gotten its fair share of intense weather in recent weeks - and with September being National Preparedness Month, experts are wanting to ensure that communities across the state are as prepared as possible.
Mitch Petterson, public safety engagement lead with OnStar, said the name of the game is expecting the unexpected.
He argued that one of the most important tips is making sure Nevadans sign up for local community warning systems and the Emergency Alert System.
"That type of communication system allows you to be aware of disasters that are maybe on the way," said Petterson, "so if you live in an area that has severe weather, you might be able to start planning ahead."
The state's Division of Emergency Management has four basic preparedness steps for you to implement - which include making an emergency communication plan, and ensuring your home and car emergency supply kits have all the necessary supplies.
Petterson said natural disasters always bring along some financial impacts, which preparedness can help offset. He encouraged people to protect their financial and personal documents.
Petterson said filing important documentation in a fireproof and waterproof container and having password-protected digital copies can help you avoid headaches.
"After these disasters, we often have to access things like insurance policies and identification" said Petterson. "That'll help at least get you on the road to recovery."
A recent survey found less than a third of older adults say they have an emergency plan in case of a natural disaster.
And while awareness of disaster-preparedness resources is high, only about 10% of older adults have signed up to receive text messages from disaster resources.
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