There is so much happening in our world right now , hurricanes, wild fires, tropical storms and earthquakes and thousands of people have been affected, people we know and love; family and friends. The news coverage and pictures touch our hearts and we find ourselves rooted in front of the TV watching for updates. For some of us, this may seem far off, it has not directly impacted our lives, but what if it did? Disasters can occur at any time. Would you be prepared? Would you know how to react? September is National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There is no better time than right now to plan for a disaster emergency so that you and your family have a well thought out plan.
Make sure that you sit down with the members of your household to discuss emergent situations, how to handle them, what to do and define a meeting place if that is applicable to a situation.
If you have children and an event occurs and you are not with them, do they have your work phone number if they can’t reach you by cell? Have you designated other people who have your permission to pick them up from school or work if you are not able to get to them? Does the school have this information on file?
Extra supplies are a must in the event of a disaster or emergency. Plan to have non-perishable food items for at least 3 days, several cases of water, plenty of batteries, portable battery charger, first aid kit, extra prescription medications if possible, dog food if you have pets, flashlights and a generator.
Be sure all travel documents are up to date and accessible in the event of an evacuation.
There are numerous resources out there on emergency preparedness and disaster planning. It is always a good idea to have a plan in place and needed supplies, just in case you find your family in the middle of an event that you were not expecting.