Emergency Preparedness

Are you prepared if an emergency occurs? Emergencies can strike at any moment without any warning. It's important to be prepared and have a plan in place in case there is a disaster. 

1. Get a kit
Have a emergency preparedness kit ready to go. Gather all the supplies you will need and store them in a backpack or duffle bag. Put this somewhere that is easily accessible so you can get to it without any problems. You should pack enough for at least 3 days. Pick food that has a long shelf life so you don't have to switch it out that often. Some ideas for a preparedness kit includes, food bars, water pouches, ponchos, light sticks/flashlights, gloves, dust masks, first aid kit, a whistle and blankets. You could also pack some clothes as well. It's also a good idea to have a big baggie or envelope with important documents inside like a copy of your drivers license, social security card, insurance cards, contact list, and medications. 

2. Make a Plan
Start now by making a plan for if there is an emergency so you can reduce your anxiety if something does happen. Make arrangements for someone to check up on you if there is a disaster. This person should be from out of town because you will be able to reach a long distance number during this time rather than a local one. Do your research on your communities plan for emergencies. Make sure there are transportation arrangements in place if you do not drive. Figure out the quickest escape route out of your house and neighborhood. Do practice drills with your family and if you are unable to leave the house finds spots where you can take shelter that will be safe. 

3. Be Informed
Think about the disasters that could strike in your area. Are you more likely to have a hurricane occur, an earthquake, or a tornado? Think about the risks and how they could affect you. This will help with your planning. Look into how your community can help you prepare for an emergency. 

Visit red cross for more information and start today by building your own kit. If you do not want to make your own, lots of stores sell already put together emergency bags! 

Source:  redcross.org

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