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National Preparedness Month 2010

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September is National Preparedness Month and as a proud member of the National Preparedness Month Coalition, LegalZoom has pledged to promote emergency preparedness and encourage Americans to plan ahead so their families are protected in the event of an emergency.

What can you do to prepare?

Get an Emergency Kit

Put together a preparedness kit with disaster essentials like food, water, a first aid kit, and blankets. You can purchase kits from your local Red Cross stocked with enough supplies for you and your family.

To help you prepare, we’re giving away Red Cross Preparedness Kits throughout September—check out our Facebook page for sweepstakes details.

Make a Plan

Does your family have a escape route and a designated meeting place? Check out Ready.gov and the American Red Cross for tips on making a plan and sharing it with your family.

Be Informed

Know the most common disasters for your region (Earthquakes? Floods? Fire? Storms?) and tailor your kit to your specific needs.

Know What to Do

Check with your local Red Cross for CPR and disaster preparedness classes.

Donate to the Red Cross (Giving blood counts too!)

The American Red Cross is dedicated to emergency response and preparedness education. It has trained more than 15 million people to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their communities and worldwide. Every year, the American Red Cross offers aid and services to victims of 70,000 disasters.

People turn to the Red Cross in emergencies and donations make that possible. For every Last Will, Living Trust, Living Will, and Power of Attorney we sell during National Preparedness Month, we’ll donate $1 to the American Red Cross.

Protect Your Family

You know that a last will, living trust, living will, or power of attorney can help protect your family. So make sure these and other important documents and information are accessible in an emergency. Tell friends and family where to find these and other important documents. And be sure they’re stored securely. One way is with a TAC Drive, a rugged, waterproof USB flash drive that you can use to store medical information, insurance and estate planning documents, and other important data.

Along with every Red Cross Preparedness Kit we give away in September, we’ll include a 2GB TAC Drive to help you keep your important information is safe and accessible in an emergency.

Use National Preparedness Month as a time to prepare your family for an emergency. Check out Ready.gov for ways to prepare your family or business, and for fun ways to get kids involved too. And follow hashtag #NPM10 on Twitter for National Preparedness Month events, plus preparedness tips and info.

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September 8th, 2010 at 8:02 am