National Preparedness Month

Preparing For Tomorrow Starts Today

As we embark into the Autumn season, folks nationwide are bracing themselves for winter and preparing for colder months down the road. Yearly, September serves as National Preparedness Month — a time period encouraging Americans to think ahead and plan for disasters or emergencies.

Connected to the theme this year, “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for Disasters is Protecting Everyone you Love,” we suggest individuals and families stress the importance of storing fresh water supply in households — a resource that if not accounted for, could mean the difference of life or death during times of disaster.

Water supply emergencies can arise from many different scenarios including natural disasters, water contamination from runoff situations, system malfunctions on a personal or larger municipal scale, power outages, water main breaks, among other serious situations. The list is long and every situation could leave communities without fresh water for an unforeseeable amount of time. Therefore, storing a sufficient amount of drinking water should be an important staple in every home when preparing for an emergency.

Here at Flomatic, we know water is life. On average, the American household alone uses roughly two gallons of fresh water each day for drinking and cooking. We understand drinking water is vital in all situations and therefore suggest storing an adequate amount of water for no less than three days and up to 14 days. Storing water is a great place to start but there are many ways to prepare for worst-case-scenario situations. Preparedness only happens when you choose to be proactive rather than reactive. It’s a thinking method you should apply to every facet of life; personally, and professionally. We all know the best way to be ready for something like a natural disaster is to eliminate the chances of finding yourself in a worst-case scenario.

In the valve industry, preparation is routine maintenance. Creating a schedule to regularly inspect, service, and clean valves when necessary is a small commitment of time that very often eliminates larger catastrophes down the road. Ensuring valves regulate and move water supply for the best performance possible is a perfect way to avoid disasters and maintain water supply during emergencies.

Consistent valve maintenance is a fitting analogy to apply in all aspects of preparedness. Securing a safe water supply, restocking habitually, and becoming educated on what to do during a disaster are just a few simple steps we can all take to be ready for whatever is thrown our way. It’s important to think ahead of what could happen and play out scenarios mentally.

National Preparedness Month is a great reminder to go over maintenance schedules and review your emergency response plan regularly but being prepared for an emergency should be a year-round effort.