National Preparedness Month: Know Your Backup Plan

As we continue to keep everyone affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in our thoughts, we’re reminded September is National Preparedness Month. This is an important annual reminder that the best time to plan for the worst is before anything happens.

As you prepare for whatever may come your way, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Come up with a plan

Writing out your plan can help your family stay safe when disaster strikes. To jumpstart your planning, sit down with your family and ask a few questions such as:

  • How will you contact each other?
  • How will you reconnect if separated?
  • What will you do in different situations? (tornado, flood, fire, etc.)
  • What will you do with pets?

Make sure everyone knows the plan and keep your disaster checklist in a central place. This can save your family stress when it matters most. You can also review planning resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The American Red Cross.

  1. Prepare an emergency kit

When the power goes out, you won’t want to stumble around your house looking for odds and ends you may need at a moment’s notice. Instead, gather extra supplies like water bottles, nonperishable food items, extra batteries, flashlights, a battery powered radio and a list of emergency contacts ahead of time and store them in a waterproof box. Clearly mark your emergency kit and keep it in an easily accessible, central location.

  1. Think about your back up power source

When the power goes out, there’s no telling when it will come back on, but you can be ready with a backup generator. Investing in a generator to keep your home running can help prevent that often occurs because of power outages. Briggs & Stratton’s Q6500 QuietPower Series inverter generator can keep your essential appliances running for up to 14 hours* without refueling. To learn more about which generator, portable or standby, is best for your home and budget check out our. And remember, if you choose a portable back up power source reference any safety guidelines for operation and visit

While it’s hard to say what kind of emergencies may come your way, being prepared by taking the time to plan before storms strike can save you money, time and stress and is the best way to keep your home and family safe.

*At 25% load

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