We would all like to think that an emergency would never happen to us. And it most likely won’t, but being prepared and having a plan can make the event of one happening go much smoother and more importantly, much safer.
An emergency can range from something relatively small such as getting locked out of your house, to something requiring a lot of preparation such as a blizzard or fire. Making sure you have a plan for as many situations that may come up in your life is the only sure way to make it easier.
Here are some starter ideas for prepping in case of an emergency.
- One gallon of water per day per person for at least three days
- Non-perishable food supply for three days (including can opener if necessary)
- Hand crank radio for emergency alerts
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask
- Hand sanitizer
- Local maps
- First aid kit
If you have a disability, here are some important things to also consider.
- Pet food and supplies for service animal
- Medication and medical supplies for at least a week
- Backup equipment that can run in the event of a power outage
- Extra eyeglasses, hearing aids, medical batteries, and oxygen
- Medical records and cards
- Family records and important documents in a waterproof/fireproof container
- Operating guide for medical equipment
- Emergency contacts list
Communicating with Family
Possibly the most important thing you can do to prepare is to talk about it. Share your plan with friends and family so that they are aware of what you will be doing in a certain situation. Giving them a copy of your plans and also copies of operating equipment if necessary will allow them to come to aid if need be.
Finally, make sure you are educated. Learn your local community warning system announcements so that you can be one step ahead. Enroll in assistance programs or find out how to contact them. And be aware as you go about your day. Find out what local hazards are more likely to presents themselves, such as robbery, flood zones, or tornados. Knowing what signs to look for and how to react will.
Using a few simple steps is all it takes to prep your house for an emergency. Although your plan and preparation will never be perfect, having something is always better than nothing.
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