Home is where the heart is and often that is where family is too. September is National Preparedness Month, you want to feel equipped and confident that you can keep your loved ones safe should a natural disaster strike. Having the skills, knowledge, and tools to handle an emergency will give you peace of mind.
In previous years Southern California has had earthquakes, wildfires, and flooding which can have left devastating effects on life and property in our communities. So it is important that you and your family prepare and have a strategy in the event of an emergency. This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”
With that said let’s share what steps to take to stay prepared and alert should disaster strike.
How to be prepared.
1. Have a kit ready
Buy or build an emergency preparedness kit, that would sustain your family for up to 14 days. You would need to make sure it is portable and placed in an easily accessible area and the whole family must be made aware of the designated area. Make sure the kit consists of (but is not limited to):
- non-perishable food items,
- battery operated radio
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- First aid kit
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags
- Manual can opener (for tinned food)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Power banks for cellphones
- Do not forget to factor in food for pets and children if it applies.
2. Have a Plan
Communication is key. Have a contingency plan in place that is clear and detailed, and all the occupants of your home should be informed of the steps they need to follow. The plan should cover, home emergencies and out-of-home emergencies. Please see the American Redcross Family Disaster Plan Template as it gives you a detailed guide on what you would need to cover.
3. Stay informed
With the rise of social media and the internet, information is readily available, however, it is also very easy to be a victim of “Fake News”. Ensure you are following reputable pages and sites and register with FEMA preparedness programs.
4. CPR Certified
At least one member of the family needs to be trained in CPR. Should an event occur, you will be the first responder and may have to save a life. It is imperative that have enough knowledge and skill to perform CPR and check vitals whilst waiting for emergency personnel to reach you.
Natural disasters can be sudden and devastating therefore the time to prepare for all types of emergencies is now, to avoid being court off guard. No need to fear when you are prepared.