Keeping Your Family Safe During an Emergency

Planning for an emergency can feel like a daunting task, especially when you are trying to get your entire family ready. However, you don’t have to let things get the best of you. In reality, planning for the unexpected is actually a lot easier than you might think. It simply requires a little preparation and some practice. The things that you need to do are listed below. Keep in mind, this is intended for those who really don’t have any previous experience dealing with disaster preparedness.
Put a Kit TogetherSome of the things you will put in your kit will be determined by your situation. For example, do you have a baby or are you taking care of an elderly relative or someone else with special needs? Do you have pets? If you can answer any of these questions in the affirmative, you will need to include items just for that individual.
By the same token, make sure that you include any and all medications that anyone might need in your kit, both prescriptions and over-the-counter. In addition, every kit should include non-perishable food and enough drinking water for each person to have three gallons per day, for three days. Also make sure you include a crank radio so you can hear news updates, a couple of good flashlights with plenty of extra batteries, a good first aid kit, and some blankets. Keep all of these items in a large water resistant container that closes tightly and keep it by the door so you can grab it on your way out. You should also make sure you have a good pair of shoes ready to go, as open-toed shoes won’t get the job done.
Practice DrillsStart with the most prevalent disasters that occur in your area. Practice the things you should do when that particular type of emergency happens and then start to talk about and practice for other types of incidents, as well. Go from one room to the next and practice what you should do in each of those rooms. When you practice, act as if you are actually going through a real disaster. You will automatically fall back on that training when you need it the most.
Know Where to MeetHave a designated meeting place that is safely outside of the home and make sure that everyone knows where it is. Make it clear that no one goes back inside once they are free from the house. If necessary, choose a primary meeting location and a secondary one.
That way, if there is a problem with the first location, you have another option to fall back on. If you need to call 911, make sure that you do it from outside the home. If you already have your cell phone with you and it is working, you can use it but be sure to clearly state your address. Another option is to call from a landline at a neighbor’s house, but make sure that everyone knows you are already outside of the home before you leave the meeting place. You might want to include an old cell phone that you no longer use in your kit and keep it charged. You can call 911 with it even when there is no service attached to it.
Other Points to ConsiderIt is always a good idea to prepare your house according to the types of disasters that you typically experience where you live. Secure heavy objects or items that are made of glass. Scan all of your important documents so you have them with you on a flash drive and leave it in your kit. Check the items in your kit every month and use caution not to leave water or other items that are stored in plastic containers in the heat. Most importantly, tell others about your plans. If you take the time to do these things, you will feel a lot better when an emergency strikes, and it will help you and your family stay safe.
Nguyen Kinh Luan
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