Tips to Keep in Mind in Case of
an Emergency Situation
Getting ready for an emergency or its aftermath is the best thing that you can do for yourself and your family. Here are some tips to get you started:
#1 Research the types of disasters in your region or area
Knowing the types of frequent disasters in your area helps you prepare for supplies, prep, and know-how. Each natural disaster whether an earthquake, flood, wildfire, storms, and hurricanes comes with its own set of needs and emergency prep. Knowing what hits your area frequently is an essential step in any emergency. So do your research as it helps you start on the right foot.
#2 Subscribe to emergency alerts
Subscribe to receive notifications to your email, phone, and any means you can. Download free apps from the Red Cross or local emergency agencies. Subscribe to your company’s alert system if they have one to receive blast emergency info.
#3 Pack your grab-and-go bag
You’ll be glad that you have your bag ready to go if you need to leave in a hurry. Here are some of the recommended items to pack by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
- Three days worth of food and water
- First aid kits and medical supplies. SAM Medical Supplies is a great example of medical supplies.
- Extra batteries, whistle, and flashlight
- Face masks, regional maps, and a solar charger
- Trash bag and a set of tools
It also helps to have smaller kits stocked with a few essentials such as non-perishable snacks, a flashlight, and even a power bank. Keep cash stashed in these kits if possible. This will help if there if the ATMs are down.
Go through your kits at least once a year to remove expired batteries and food and replenish anything necessary.
#4 Make and practice your action plan
For areas and regions always affected by a natural disaster, making sure every family member knows what to do when tragedy strikes are crucial. Create an action plan that includes designated areas to meet, who to call, and what to do. Download the templates from Ready.gov to prepare contact lists with important numbers- keep these in easily accessible areas and make sure every family member knows where it is.
#5 Prepare your home and pantry
Whether you stay in your home or go, unplug all appliances and electronics if the power goes out. This will prevent any unwanted damages to happen when the electricity surges back on. You can keep one lamp plugged in so you know when the electricity is back on. You also need to fill up your tub or any available buckets, bottles, and containers with water so you can use this for sanitation needs. Make sure your pantry also has non-perishable items, preferably ones that are high-protein and plant-based. Canned tuna, canned salmon, dry pasta, rice and noodles, canned soup, canned beans, canned tomato, plenty of nuts and seeds, salt and pepper, and oil are all great items to stock up on.
#6 Return safely back home
When it's cleared that your area and region are safe, it’s time to get back home safely. It can be a daunting experience but remember to always check the latest updates by your local emergency agencies. Don’t rush back immediately without taking the necessary precautions.
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