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Make emergency prep a priority

Having an evacuation plan is one way USPS employees and their families can prepare for a disaster.

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Postal Service is encouraging employees to take time to prepare for the unexpected.

“Disaster professionals suggest scheduling time on your calendar to create an emergency plan,” said USPS Corporate Affairs Vice President Judy de Torok, who oversees the organization’s continuity and preparedness team.

Here are some tips for planning and preparing for a disaster:

Have a family communication plan. Make sure your family knows whom to call and when.

Have supplies. Create and rotate a stockpile of water, nonperishable food and other necessities.

Have an evacuation plan. Conduct an evacuation drill with your family.

Have a plan for sheltering in place. Practice staying put with your family.

Be in the know. Sign up to receive local emergency alerts and warnings by email and text.

Know the threats in your area. Are wildfires or tornadoes a possibility? Are you in a place that could get hit by a hurricane or that is prone to floods?

“Take photos or make copies of your most important documents — driver’s license, passport, etc. Locate others, such as wills or powers of attorney, make copies and put them in a fireproof safe,” said de Torok. “I encourage everyone to schedule time today to ensure their safety and the safety of their loved ones for possible unforeseen events.”

The USPS National Preparedness Blue page has more information.