Editor’s note: Sometimes it’s good to review the basics. Jacob B. submits the following for your consideration. – John
Preparing your family to handle an emergency situation is one of the most important things you can do to ensure their health and safety during a time of crisis. There are many different things you can do now to ensure that your family is ready to handle whatever emergency or disaster situation heads their way. Following are some tips and tricks to make sure you and your loved ones are as prepared as possible.
- Have a pre-arranged meeting place picked out in case you and your family members become separated during an emergency. Make sure everyone in the family knows where the place is or has a telephone number to the place, if it is a store or local business.
- Know the best ways to get out of your house in case it is on fire. Many disaster professionals recommend you have two planned exits from every room in case one is blocked.
- Make sure you have working smoke detectors installed on every level of your home. You should also have carbon monoxide detectors set up.
- You should also have flashlights, extra batteries, and a battery-powered radio in your emergency preparedness kit.
- Have a spot where you store extra water and canned foods/perishables that you can easily access in case of an emergency.
- Have designated family friends that your children can contact in case something happens to you or your spouse.
- Have some money put assign for emergencies. It may be a good idea to keep a small amount of cash hidden in a safe spot in case there is a national emergency and you cannot access your bank account.
- You should also prepare a first aid kit and keep in an indestructible box. Have medication, ointments, rubbing alcohol, and bandages in the kit.
- Depending on your available storage space, you may also want to keep a spare blanket or two or perhaps a change of clothes for your family members.
- You also want copies of your important financial and medical documents in a safe place. If your home is destroyed or damaged, it can be a long process to get copies of all of these documents again. Have spare copies means you are prepared.
- Consider any special needs your family may have and include them in your emergency kit as well. Do you have pets? Make sure you have food and water for them. If there is an infant or toddler in the family, you want to make sure you have supplies for them such as baby wipes, diapers, and/or formula.
- Make sure your kids know the serious of a potential emergency situation. You don’t want them running back into the house to get toys or something. Make sure they follow you.
- Have an emergency kit in your car as well. You may need to leave in a hurry and you don’t want to be running around your house getting stuff.
Every family’s situation is different and you will need to tailor your emergency stock differently depending on your family’s requirements. Regardless of your family’s situation, emergency preparedness is something every family needs to do. It can go a long way to making sure you and your family survive and thrive in an national emergency or disaster.
Jacob is a blogger for Survivalbased.com. Check out more preparedness and survival tips on the Survivalbased blog.