Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Do you have an emergency contact list and a plan in place?


One thing that is very important to have this fall is your "In Case of Emergency Contacts" and "Emergency plan". What would you do in the event of an emergency? Do you know who you would call? Where would you go? It is important that you have a plan and that you communicate your plan to your family and friends.  This week I want you to think about what you would need to survive a long period of time without your car, home or just your daily commodities. 
Then put a plan in place. Start with where you would meet? Who is in your circle of family and friends that may help you or need your help. What canned foods in your pantry will help you stay nourished. Tools that will help you like a non electric can opener.  Do you have a bicycle if there is a gas shortage. Do you have a working radio with batteries and a flash light? How much water do you have in your house? Medicine for your illnesses. Just imagine there is no electricity, running water or Internet. Think of how to help your family and yourself through an emergency. Here in California we have a website you can go to for information on preparing for Earthquakes. Just go to Ready .gov and find out a family plan and video's to help you prepare. https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes





Start by making a list of things that are important in an emergency. Then put your plan together and share it with your family and friends. 

Here is a suggestion of what you should have in your home: 
Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Flashlight
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
Extra batteries
First aid kit – Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
Multi-purpose tool
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact information
Extra cash
Emergency blanket
Map(s) of the area - Know your location, School, Work or home area.

You can go to the Red Cross for more information on how to prepare for an emergency. Stay safe and remember to plan ahead. I leave you with a questions? Who is on your emergency contact list?
https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes
Disclaimer: This is not a paid post. All thoughts and ideas are all my own.
Post a Comment