Preparedness for an emergency can make all the difference. To help you stay one step ahead of disasters, here are some survival gear tips, along with other essential emergency preparedness tips.
One of the first steps in protecting your home is to create a detailed plan for different types of emergencies. For example, there should be an on-site emergency shelter plan for severe weather or natural disasters and in the event of evacuation, fire, etc. These plans should include what each person should do, how to find each other, and where to go.
It is also recommended to run a practice drill from time to time. So everyone knows their role and how best to get to safety. Keep enough copies of your emergency plan, along with emergency contact information, for each member of your family to carry in a wallet or backpack. As your children grow or your family changes, you should update your plans accordingly.
Once the arrangements are in place, it’s time to gather the materials for the emergency kit. Although there may be more than one depending on the nature of the emergency, each kit should include: first aid kit, flashlight with batteries, whistle, bell or other emergency signal, and fully charged spare batteries or a cell phone power banks.
In addition to these basic needs, everyone must have access to sufficient drinking water and non-perishable food. During a shelter in-place situation, it is recommended that you have a gallon of water available for each person for each day that you are sheltering. The food and water requirements of each family pet must also be taken into account.
Other items that should be placed in a tote bag or designated secure area are: can openers, cutlery, cups, plates, baby items, personal care items and special care items such as prescriptions and medical items. Check the expiration date of food and the condition of batteries and other consumables twice a year.
Once you are comfortable with your packing plans and supplies, it may be time to consider other security measures. One investment that can become important in times of need is an automatic home backup generator. With the right reliable model, you can rest assured that your family will be protected from the cold in the event of a power outage. Registering for public safety alerts and messages is another measure you might want to consider.
Preparing for emergencies takes a lot of work and thought. For more information on shelter-in-place and emergency preparedness, see the following resource.
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