Preparedness month encourages readers to be ready for disasters

September is National Preparedness Month, an annual event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to raise awareness about the importance of preparing in advance for the unexpected.

In support of this initiative, Benjamin Kimble, owner of ServPro of Williamsport/Montoursville, encourages Muncy property owners to take the following two steps now to protect their family, home, and business in the aftermath of a disaster, a news release said.

• Review and update your emergency preparedness plan, including business and life continuity plans. If you don’t yet have a plan, use the tools provided by FEMA at www.ready.gov/make-a-plan to get started.

• Collect and store time-critical information, like the location of shutoff valves, fire suppression system controls, and emergency contact numbers electronically, where it is immediately available to assist first responders.

“Evacuation plans and emergency supply kits help you survive a disaster, but a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan helps you recover from a disaster,” Kimble said, according to the news release. “The most effective response to any emergency is a fast response. That’s why having critical system and contact information at your fingertips is so important. A quick and effective response helps minimize repairs and downtime, helping both businesses and families get back on track in less time, with less stress.”

ServPro offers tools for both commercial and residential property owners to help them minimize damage and recover quickly from emergencies. The SERVPRO READY app stores essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes, according to the news release. Both home and business owners can download the free app at ready.servpro.com/home/mobileapp.

“Rapid response from a disaster cleanup and restoration specialist can help the property owner evaluate options, start the insurance process, and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal,” Kimble said. “Even in the confusion and panic that often surround a disaster, a property owner or manager using the SERVPRO READY app can reach out for expert help right from the scene, using a cellphone.”

ServPro of Williamsport/Montours-ville specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers, the news release said.