Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

All around us we hear of disasters, epidemics, terrorist attacks, wars, and other disturbing occurrences. Such events disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives each year and can leave you feeling unsettled and vulnerable.  However, with basic emergency preparedness you can dispel fear and provide the knowledge and resources necessary for your family to meet their basic needs in the event of an emergency.

Prepare yourself in the following ways:

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  • Prepare financially by getting out of debt and staying out of debt.
  • Regularly save for the future in saving and investment accounts. Also, establish a financial reserve equivalent to three to six months of your family’s income to be used for emergencies only.
  • Obtain good automobile, health, home, and life insurance.
  • Exercise regularly, lose excess weight, and eat wisely so you can maintain good health and be able to physically respond to emergency situations.
  • Grow a garden and or store vegetable seeds in a cool, dark, dry place. Even small gardens or vegetables grown in patio containers can provide much needed nutritious vegetables.
  • Equip your vehicles with first aid kits, flashlights, blankets, food items, jumper cables, water, flares or reflectors.
  • Make an inventory of your personal property.  Take photos of these items as well as the inside and outside of your home.
  • Store basic food that would sustain life.  Start with hard red or hard white winter wheat, rice, powdered milk, dried beans, cooking oil, sugar, leavening agents, salt, and water.  Then add other items your family is accustomed to eating.
  • Develop your pantry. Instead of buying a can of soup, buy a case. Soon you will have a good supply of the food your family enjoys.
  • Store emergency psychological foods - things that make your feel good and can be used as a stress breaker such as popcorn, hard candy, cake and other baking mixes.
  • Have basic emergency and first aid supplies in your home available for quick, easy access.
  • Keep a supply of prescriptions needed on a regular basis.  Ask you doctor for assistance if necessary so you can have an adequate supply.
  • Establish an emergency escape plan from your home. Conduct fire, tornado, or earthquake drills so that your children will know how to safely exit your home and where to gather.
  • Have a rope or other emergency ladder strong enough to hold your weight to allow you to exit upper floors of your home to ground level if needed.
  • Prepare a grab and go 72 hour emergency kit that you could take with you and sustain life in the event of an emergency. Place kits in your vehicles as well as your home. (See our emergency survival kit link located to the left)
  • Have an alternative way to heat your home in case of extended power outages.
  • Invest in some outdoor cooking gear such as Dutch oven supplies, camp stoves, or a BBQ grill.
  • Place flashlights in each room of your home and have a supply of extra batteries.
  • Acquire a portable battery-powered or hand crank radio.  The Grundig hand crank emergency radio is a dependable radio with a wide listening range.
  • Keep and know how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
  • Safely keep an emergency reserve of money in the home - preferably smaller bills and quarters.
  • Prepare your attitude.  Be able to accept what may happen and maintain a positive attitude.  A positive attitude will allow you to become part of the solution and not part of the problem.

Remember that the primary responsibility to prepare for and respond to emergencies rests with you.  How well you have prepared yourself will make a substantial difference in the way you are able to care for yourself and others.




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