Be InformedKnow where to go for information during an emergency. Have a battery-powered or hand-cranked weather radio and regular radio. Do not rely upon technology in order to get information, as conditions may result in disruptions to telephone and electrical utilities.
Assess Your NeedsEach member of the family will have his or her own unique needs for emergency preparations. Perhaps one child has a fear of the dark; an extra flashlight and batteries may be good to have on hand. Take the time now to assess your needs as a family so that you can make your shelter in place and evacuation plans accordingly.
Stock UpSome emergencies may result in the need to shelter in place for a significant amount of time. In an event such as the contamination of the water supply, you will need to have plenty of potable water for consumption and hygiene purposes. Consider the installation of a Liquivault to collect and store rainwater for your hydration and cleaning needs. A supply of non-perishable, nutrient-dense foods is also essential. A first aid kit, over the counter and prescription medications and a few comfort items should complete your emergency supply rations.
Make a Go PackSome emergencies may necessitate leaving your home and evacuating to a safer area. You may only have a few minutes to gather your belongings before you have to leave your house. The pack should contain a change of clothing, basic personal care items, a small amount of cash and 2 to 3 days worth of bottled water and non-perishable food. A week's worth of medication should also be included.
Make a Family PlanKnow how to reach every family member at any time of the day. Decide on where to meet and how to contact each other during an emergency. Have a way to check in and account for each other.
Being prepared for the worst allows you the peace of mind that comes with proper planning. Acting now may reduce stress and allow you to respond to any emergency situation in a calm and logical manner.
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