Preparing 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 important emergency preparedness tips.
One of the first ways you can protect your family from emergency situations is documenting a plan for different types of emergencies. For example, there should be a contingency plan in case of severe weather or natural disasters, evacuation, fire, etc. Each plan should include what each family member should do, how to locate each other, and where to meet.
It is also recommended to practice your emergency plan from time to time. That way everyone knows their role and the best way to get to safety. Make enough copies of your emergency plan and contact information for each family member to carry in a wallet or backpack. Your plans should also adjust as your children grow and your family changes.
Once the preparations are in place, it’s time to gather the materials for the first aid kit. While there may be more depending on the nature of the emergency, each kit should include the following: first aid kit, flashlight with batteries, whistle, bell or other signal when help is needed, and fully charged spare batteries or external phone batteries.
In addition to these basic needs, everyone must have access to sufficient drinking water and durable food. In the event of a shelter in place situation, it is recommended that you have a liter of water available for each person for each day that you need to be prepared for. The food and water requirements of each animal must also be considered.
Other items that should be placed in a tote bag or designated secure area include manual can openers, cutlery, cups, plates, baby items, personal care items, and special care items such as prescriptions and medical supplies. Be sure to check the expiration date of food twice a year, as well as the condition of batteries and other consumables.
Once you’re comfortable with your packing plans and supplies, it may be time to think about other security measures. One investment that can be important in times of need is an automatic home backup generator. With the right reliable model, you can have peace of mind knowing your family will be protected from the cold in the event of a power outage. Another measure to consider is registering for public safety alerts and reports.
Preparing for emergency situations requires a lot of planning and thought. For more information on emergency shelter and preparedness, see the following resource.
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