Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Emergency Planning for Vacation

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This was originally published in the Individual and Community E-Brief, FEMA June 26, 2013. Learn how to get free e-mail updates from FEMA.

It's summertime! Kids are out of school, parents and adults are taking advantage of the warm weather and planning vacations locally and outside of their area.  Some people live in areas where there is minimal risk of weather causing a major affect on the planning and excitement of the vacation, so when they move to other parts of the country or outside of the U.S., preparedness needs to be considered.

Vacationers must be aware of their surroundings and ensure proper precautions are made in emergency planning for their vacation.  Below are helpful tips shared on the National Preparedness Coalition discussion board when preparing for vacation.
  • Have copies of your travel documents and passports available with you.  Make electronic copies for back-up purposes.
  • Check weather for your vacation destination.
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance when traveling to areas with known risks such as the Caribbean during hurricane season.  Make sure natural disasters are covered in the travel insurance.
  • Pack an emergency kit that includes first aid supplies and any prescriptions.
  • Heed the warning. Follow the lead of the residents when warning siren or advisories are made.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency has declared June Vacation Preparedness month. Read more on the initiative and their tips.

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