Friday, August 28, 2009

Emergency Preparedness

Last year events like hurricane Ike and the earthquake in China reminded how ill prepared I am for an emergency. Once upon a time I had a 72 hour kit for everyone in my family. That was back when we were a family of 3. We have since doubled our numbers and have all outgrown the clothing. It is time for me to update my family's emergency kits and plan. Here is what you can do to make sure your family is prepared.

  • Create an emergency plan for your family. The US Department of Homeland Security has created a downloadable one here.
  • It may be hard to make local phone calls so have an out of state emergency contact. Know the emergency plans for your schools and work places.
  • Create a 72-hour kit for each member of your family. To view a list of items to include go here.
  • Make copies of drivers licenses, passports, insurance policies, birth certificates, marriage certificate, any important documents you need to help facilitate getting things back in order. Keep these copies in your kit. (I want to keep a CD with photos I don't want to lose in my kit)
  • Make sure your kit can be transported easily inc as you have to walk. Back Packs are excellent containers. Once you have your kit together be sure to store it in a location that is easy to access with short notice.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a great post. And your right. We sould all be prepared. I have this little booklet from Target with a map and stickers on an escape plane if there ever was a fire... sad to say, I have yet to put it into motion. You would think I would be prepared for any hurricane being that I live in Florida. Lol


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