Making a plan and building a kit are two aspects of being prepared for disasters and emergencies. A third is to save for the unexpected. The challenges of rebuilding our lives after a disaster or other emergency can be smoothed when we have at least some money set aside.
Consider this…If you have a savings account with at least $400 accessible, not only will the “unexpected” only be a minor inconvenience (or a mad dash to grab those concert tickets), but you will have more savings than approximately 60% of Americans.
Don’t have an emergency fund or looking to grow your emergency fund? Take the Kansas Saves Pledge and commit to successfully building an emergency fund of just $500. Embrace the “Start Small and Save Big” mentality.
Since 2007, America Saves Week has been an annual celebration as well as a call to action for Americans to commit to saving successfully. This year, America Saves Week is from February 24 – 29, 2020.
Wildfire Awareness Week reminds Kansans to remain vigilant as wildfire season approaches.
The Kansas Interagency Wildfire Council and partner agencies suggest the following to mitigate the risk of wildfire and reduce potential impacts if a wildfire does occur:
- Create defensible space around homes by removing leaves and other plant debris and flammable material that could catch embers. Replace or repair loose or missing shingles. Provide adequate space between the home and trees or other landscaping.
- Establish a community or neighborhood group to participate in or be a part of creating a wildfire mitigation and response plan.
- Prevent wildfires from starting by avoiding activities that can spark fires near buildings and potential fuel sources.
- Write and follow your burn plan for prescribed fire including checking the weather forecast, and continue to monitor the burn area to make sure it hasn’t reignited.
- Consider volunteering with your local fire department. Quick responses by local fire departments prevent what could become a devasting wildfire.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has proclaimed Feb. 3-7, 2020, as Wildfire Awareness Week in partnership with the Kansas Interagency Wildfire Council and multiple state agencies. Read the full release here.
As we enter the new year, #ResolvetobeReady for emergencies or disasters. As with any goal or resolution, breaking it down into manageable actions is a key to success. Start with one thing. For example, have external power sources available to charge phones and other devices in case of a power outage.
When the calendar says it is still fall, but the weather says winter is on the way, learn how to stay safe before, during, & after winter storms & extreme cold with the tips below and by visiting: www.ready.gov/winter