The celebration of the 200th year of our great city is still going on!
National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.
Week 3: Sept 16-22 - Check Your Coverage
- Insurance is the first line of defense; check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property Guide (link below)
- The National Flood Insurance Program aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners, renters and businesses and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations. These efforts help mitigate the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. Overall, the program reduces the socio-economic impact of disasters by promoting the purchase and retention of general risk insurance, but also of flood insurance, specifically.
- Document and Insure Property Guide: https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1530828089051-74961f5a5be0fc0d39be68d9544f5f6c/P1097_DocumentAndInsureYourProperty_070318.pdf
- Flood Insurance allows communities and families to recover more quickly and more fully. Visit www.Floodsmart.gov to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business.
Week 4: Sept 23-30-Save For an Emergency
- Plan financially for the possibility of disaster.
o Americans at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. In these stressful circumstances, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records is crucial for starting the process of recovery quickly and efficiently. Taking the time now to collect and secure these critical records will give you peace of mind and, in the event of an emergency, will ensure that you have the documentation needed to start the recovery process without delay.
- Gather financial and critical personal, household, and medical information.
- Consider saving money in an emergency savings account that could be used in any crisis. Keep a small amount of cash at home in a safe place. It is important to have small bills on hand because ATM’s and credit cards may not work during a disaster when you need to purchase necessary supplies, fuel or food.
- Obtain property (homeowners or renters), health, and life insurance if you do not have them. Review existing policies for the amount and extent of coverage to ensure that what you have in place is what is required for you and your family for all possible hazards. Homeowners insurance does not typically cover flooding, so you may need to purchase flood insurance separate.
Rail Safety Week (RSW) is September 23-29, 2018. The theme this year is "Stop Track Tragedies."
Trains are exciting and fun for many reasons: The size, the speed, the sounds. But railroad tracks and train crossings can be dangerous as well. Here are some train and railroad safety tips to help keep your family safe near tracks and trains.
Hard Facts about Safety around Railroad Tracks
In 2017, there were 2,106 collisions reported at rail crossings in the U.S.
Railroad Safety Tips
Railroad Safety Tips for Pedestrians
- Only cross railroad tracks at a designated crossing. Designated crossings are marked by a sign, lights or a gate.
- Look both ways before crossing railroad tracks. Remember, trains can come from either direction at any time.
- If lights are flashing or the gate is down at a railroad crossing, wait for the train to pass completely before crossing. It is never okay
- to rush across and try to beat the train. Trains may be closer and faster than you think.
- After a train passes the crossing completely, wait for the gate to come back up and the lights to stop flashing. Then look both ways again before crossing to be sure a second train is not coming. A second train may be hidden behind the first one.
- If you are using a cell phone, headphones or a game, remember: heads up, devices down when you cross the tracks. Once a train starts to brake, it can take a mile for the train to stop. So when you see a train, it’s already too late for it to stop for you. Headphones should be removed, so you can hear an approaching train’s horn.
- Don’t be tempted to walk along the railroad track. It might be a shortcut, but it is dangerous and not worth the risk. It is against the law to walk on the track and the land around it because it is private property.
Railroad Safety Tips for Drivers
After a train passes the crossing completely, wait for the gate to come back up and the lights to stop flashing. Then look both ways again before you cross to be sure a second train is not coming in either direction. A second train may be hidden behind the first one.
- Be alert near railroad crossings and stop for approaching trains. If the lights are flashing or the gate is down, wait for the train to pass before crossing. It is never okay to rush across and try to beat the train. Trains may be closer and faster than you think.
- Allow enough space for your vehicle to completely clear the entire railroad crossing, not just the tracks, before you attempt to cross. Remember, trains are at least three feet wider than the tracks on either side, so even though you clear the tracks, you may still get hit by the train.
The Museum will be Open during the Harvest Fest on Sunday, September 23rd.
Come get your Bicentennial Tee Shirt and Pennant before they are gone!
We have Bicentennial Tee Shirts and
Pennants with the above logo available.
Many shirt sizes available at $12 each or
two for $20. All proceeds benefit the NR
Historical Society. Thank you.
We are always looking for new people with new ideas on how we can preserve
the history of NR! We appreciate your help and support!
Contact Georgia at 440-773-4509 (cell/text) or email firstname.lastname@example.org