It’s National Preparedness Month. And insurance, as you probably know, is all about being prepared for the unexpected.

So much of life revolves around planning. We plan for vacations. We plan for our kids’ college tuition. We even plan our grocery lists. But when it comes to preparing for a disaster, many of us often seem to avoid putting a plan in place because it can feel overwhelming.

So at Esurance, we’re making it surprisingly painless.

We want to help make sure you’re ready for whatever comes your way. Because NOT being prepared is the biggest pain of all.

With that in mind, check out our simple guide to getting an emergency plan in order.

How to make an emergency plan

Weather expert, Bonnie Schneider, put together some tips on how to create a plan with your loved ones.

Here’s how to get started:

  • Identify an out-of-town contact for families to touch base with if they are separated.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
  • Teach all family members how to use text messaging. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
  • Subscribe to alert services. Many communities now have systems that’ll send instant text alerts or emails to let you know about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc.

Make sure your insurance is prepared too

Just as important as having an emergency plan AND an emergency kit is making sure you have the protection you need. Esurance makes this painless too by explaining coverages in simple terms that are easy to understand. Without all the jargon and mumbo jumbo.

And the best part? It’s for everyone. Whether you buy from Esurance or not, our tools can help you ensure you have the protection you need BEFORE you need it. Like Coverage Counselor®, which helps you figure out which car insurance coverages are right for you. And our home insurance calculator, which can help you decide how much homeowners insurance you need to protect your assets. Because our goal is to help you be prepared — and to make that prep painless — even if you’re not an Esurance customer.

Check out our disaster prep guide for tips on preparing for (and recovering from) Mother Nature’s fury. And stay safe out there!

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about Heidi

Heidi brings 11 years’ experience to her role as Esurance’s copywriting manager. Writer, editor, and all around wordsy, she was content when content wasn’t cool. Also, she likes old-school country.