September is National Preparedness Month – meaning it’s time to make sure you are prepared! Keeping your loved ones safe is, of course, a top priority. Having the skills, knowledge, and tools to handle an emergency will give you peace of mind.
In Southern California, we’ve had our fair share of natural disasters that have impacted many. So it is important that you and your family prepare and have a strategy in the event of an emergency.
With that said, let’s share what steps to take to stay prepared and alert should disaster strike.
How to be prepared during National Preparedness Month.
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. Likewise, every member of the family must be made aware of the designated area.
Your kit should include:
- 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. Likewise, all the occupants of your home will need to know what steps 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. 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.