BBB Tip: September is National Preparedness Month; be prepared with resources on

September is National Preparedness Month, and BBB wants you to have the resources you need to prepare for natural disasters in your area. We’re following the theme for September 2020, “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make your Plan today.” Use these resources all month long to make wise decisions and guard against scams.

Week 1: Make a plan wants you to be prepared by thinking ahead

Think about preparing your home to prevent disasters from happening.

Do you need to make any repairs? Find a handyman near you.

Shore up your roof?  Find a roofing contractor near you.

Waterproof your basement? Find a waterproofing contractor near you

Buy a home warranty? Find home warranty companies.

Week 2: Build a kit

In addition to creating an emergency supply kit, when purchasing items for a potential disaster, be sure to avoid scams.

Some sellers will try to jack up the price of necessities. Avoid price gouging.

Week 3: Prepare for Disasters

In case of something like a hurricane, think in advance of what could happen, and try to avoid it.

Check on your insurance coverage. Find insurance companies near you

Do you need a sump pump for your basement? Find a plumber near you.

Need a contractor? Find a general contractor near you.

Is there a tree too close to your house? Find a tree service near you.


Week 4: Teach youth about preparedness

Talk to kids about being prepared for emergencies. 

Teach them to be aware of “Storm Chasers” and door-to-door contractors that may come knocking after a storm.

Other resources from BBB: 

BBB Tip: Charitable Giving After a Natural Disaster or Tragedy

Search for business that can help.

Find the BBB office near you.

Resources for United States:

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Department of Homeland Security

National Weather Service – NOAA Weather Radio

Disability Preparedness

National Organization on Disability

Ready America

Information courtesy of the Better Business Bureau