When disaster strikes, it’s usually without warning. Problems can arise from interruption of essential services such as water, electricity, heat and communication. Are you prepared for an emergency where there is no clean drinking water or heat? No electricity for light or gas to cook your food? Do you even have enough food to last long enough in situations where help may be days or even weeks away? Being prepared for an unexpected emergency could make all the difference. Not all emergencies will be full blown disasters but being prepared will give you piece of mind that if something does happen, you will be ready.
Have a Plan
Know the risks specific to your community and region. Have a contingency plan in place in case of emergency and go through it with your family. Make sure everyone knows what to do before disaster strikes so you can act quickly and efficiently. Emergencies often happen unexpectedly so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and discuss meeting places to reunite with family and friends should something happen when not together. Have emergency numbers handy and plan escape routes from your home. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan to pick up your kids should you not be able to. These are the last things you want to worry about during a disaster.
If you find yourself in a disaster or emergency there are a few thing you should always have prepared and ready for when you need them most. A basic emergency kit should include such things as water, food, a first aid kit and any important medications you may need. You should also have some candles, a flashlight, a radio and extra batteries. Your emergency kit should sustain each person for at least three days.
First Aid and CPR
Knowing basic first aid procedures and CPR in an emergency could save someones life. Emergency services are often overwhelmed in times of crises and help may not be on the way for hours to days. The chances you or a family member may need medical attention increases greatly during a natural disaster. Don’t skip on this crucial knowledge. Find a local community agency in your area to take your first aid and CPR courses.
During an emergency, updates, warnings and other information may be broadcast on local radio and television stations. Having a battery powered radio with a fresh supply of batteries is essential in the event of a power outage or evacuation. Keeping updated on emergency information not only may help you get out of the area but give you peace of mind knowing when you can expect help.