One afternoon, you suddenly hear the sound of the emergency siren. You turn on the news, and the announcer states there is a huge snowstorm approaching. Large blackouts are expected, and you may be without power for days.
Are you prepared?
You live in a high-risk zone for flooding and a hurricane is approaching. Your city advises all residents to evacuate for several days until the flooding stops.
Are you prepared?
Situations like these happen everyday all over the world. As responsible caregivers and parents, it is our job to ensure we are prepared to face disasters of all kinds. One of the easiest ways to do this is to create emergency preparedness kits with enough supplies to weather any temporary disaster likely to hit near us.
If you build your emergency kit in advance, when disaster strikes, you are already prepared and know just what to do. You avoid scrambling around and the last-minute panic that often sets in during a disaster. You help keep your family safe and calm during any emergency at home or in an evacuation.
So how do you build an emergency preparedness kit?
Building a Basic Emergency Preparedness Kit
FEMA and other organizations, such as the Red Cross, have lists for the recommended supplies for every emergency. Many of the supplies for each emergency overlap. Some of the common supplies you need for any emergency kit include:
- Food and water for at least 3 days
- Extra cash
- Batteries and flashlights
- Medicines and prescriptions your family needs
- Copies of medical records and other important documents
- Basic first aid supplies
Storing Your Emergency Kit
You should store your emergency kit in a high, safe location where you can easily reach it in case of any emergency. Some people choose to keep two separate kits- one in the house and one in the car- to be prepared no matter where they are. Make sure that children cannot reach the kit if it contains medicine of any kind.
Maintaining Your Emergency Preparedness Kit
Proper kit maintenance is vital to the safety of your family in any emergency. Every 3-4 months, perform a check-up on your kit. Make sure all food supplies are up-to-date, and that your medicine has not expired. If you need to update your medical records or other important information, do that as well. Check batteries to ensure they still have sufficient power. Maintaining your kit is a vital part of emergency preparation!
Emergency Kits are Important! Is Yours Ready?
You may think that such involved preparation is unnecessary for your area. Perhaps you do not live in a hurricane zone, or near any other location commonly affected by natural disasters, so you believe that if an emergency approaches, you will have time to collect the necessary supplies before disaster hits. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The more preparations you can make in advance, the better off you will be. During emergencies, many stores sell out of emergency supplies, or you may be unable to drive to a store. Preparing an emergency preparedness kit in advance will help you weather the storm in the best way possible.
Do you keep an emergency kit? If not, build one today in honor of National Preparedness Month and prevent disaster panic in your home.