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How Prepared Are You?

Posted By Jessica Fisher On September 6, 2011 @ 12:57 am In Health and Safety | 36 Comments

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My sister [4] was without power for six days in the wake of Irene recently. While they were all fine and healthy, it was hard to go that long without a basic utility. Thankfully, they had warning in order to prepare — and at least picked up a camping stove before the storm hit.

Many of you possibly experienced something similar.

With a range of natural disasters that could hit at any moment, it’s important for us as parents to consider how we can be prepared. We don’t always get warning.

I know that for us, we aren’t as prepared as we could or should be. Honestly, the idea of stocking 3 days of water for 8 people seems daunting to me. Where will I store it?

Getting Prepared

However, stocking emergency water supplies is not as daunting as a true emergency would be. It’s better to be prepared. And really, I would rest easier knowing that if an emergency struck, we would have what we needed. You know, in that “tackle a nagging task” kind of way [5].

Some things for us to ask ourselves:

  • Do we have extra water?
  • Do we have nonperishable foods and a method to cook them if the power should go out?
  • Do we have an evacuation plan?
  • Do we have a plan to contact family in the event of an emergency?
  • Have I backed up my photos and other important information and stored them someplace safe?
  • Do I have a bag packed that we could take with us in the event of an evacuation?

Have I forgot something? What are the basics that you consider important?

How prepared are YOU for an emergency?


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