In case of a disaster or disturbance to your normal access to resources, you’ll want an emergency kit. This can include food, water, light, fire, fuel, warmth, medical supplies, and anything you may need in case of losing access to these fundamental needs at any point in time. It’s best to prepare supplies that can last you at least a week, as one never knows when rescue will arrive or normalcy will return. The best kits include:
While this may seem like a hefty list, depending on what disasters your area is prone to, some of these items could save your life. Keep them all stored and boxed away in a safe and dry place that is easy to access. When staying alert about incoming possible weather events or fires, it’s good to pull this box out to have on hand just in case. Don’t tuck the box too far away because some disasters, such as earthquakes or civil unrest, can happen quite suddenly.
Emergency Action Plans are pretty standard in public, municipal, or office buildings. Make one for your home and household to ensure that your family knows what to do in the case of an emergency. In moments of urgency, it can be difficult to make quick decisions, and every second counts, so it’s best to form this emergency plan ahead of time. Here are the steps for creating an effective action plan:
There are also other extra ways to prepare for an emergency in your community. Sign up for first responder classes or first aid training to be of assistance in your community if disaster hits. It’s good to have some training to be better prepared in emergencies and more able to stay calm in stressful environments. This National Preparedness Month, be sure that you’ve got all the pieces in place to be prepared in case disaster strikes. An emergency can happen in a moment, so it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry.
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