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September is National Preparedness Month — and only 8% of Americans have practiced an evacuation plan. Run your family (and yourself) through these practice drills for a good start.

Drill 1: Family Supply Scramble The objective: In five minutes, you and your family will gather the vital supplies that you’d need if faced with a natural disaster. Ready? Go!

How’d you do? If you headed to the pantry, that’s a good start. FEMA suggests creating a kit that consists of at least a three-day supply of food and water for people and pets. Include one gallon of water per day per person, and enough nonperishable food to provide two meals per day per person.

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Outside of the pantry, you get points for these: a first-aid kit, flashlight and spare batteries, a battery-powered radio, a manual can opener or an all-purpose tool, and a supply of everyone’s prescription medication. For a complete guide, download the FEMA emergency supply list.

Did You Know?

$3.8 Worldwide cost (in trillions) of natural disasters since 1980

Drill 2: The What-to-Do Quiz Only one in 10 American households has an emergency plan. At the dinner table, hand everyone a pencil and paper, and try to answer the following questions.

1. What information is most important?

If you don’t have an up-to-date home inventory, start keeping records now. Apps like Allstate Digital Locker® make it easy to keep an inventory of your belongings and photos right on your phone, but you could also walk through your home with a video camera.

Knowing key phone numbers also makes the list. Have contact info for friends and family, as well as doctors’ numbers. Everyone should have a hard copy, and upload one onto a cloud server, like Google Drive. Also create and print out a packet that includes your insurance policy numbers and personal details for each family member, such as date of birth and a recent photo, and store those in a waterproof, portable container.

2. Where should you regroup?

Identify emergency meeting places or designated shelter areas in case family members are separated and cannot reach each other by phone. Include a spot within your neighborhood (such as a neighbor’s house) and a place outside your neighborhood (such as a nearby library or church).

3. What do you do in a fire? Hurricane? Tornado?

Specific emergency procedures will vary by region. Do your homework, and make sure that everyone is on the same page for the emergencies you might face. A good place to start is the Disaster and Safety Library from the American Red Cross.

Need help creating your emergency plan? Download FEMA’s family communication plan template and get started. And be sure to check out Allstate Foundation’s SaferLives Disaster Preparedness brochure.

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