Plan For Emergency

Plan For Emergency – Be Prepared

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Although short in length, this AdCouncil video contains an extremely important message…

Three main points are given to help you be prepared:

1) Have an emergency supply kit
2) Have an emergency plan
3) Find out about natural disasters in your area

Emergencies can be life-changing events. Be sure to equip yourself with the information you need in order to be ready should an emergency occur.

When disaster strikes without warning,
your life is turned upside down,
everything familiar becomes unfamiliar, and…
it’s up to you to be smart and be ready!

This video by the AdCouncil is a solemn reminder that too many of us know we need to be prepared for a natural disaster but haven’t yet taken action.

91% of the American population know the importance of being prepared for a disaster and surprisingly only 58% of American households say that they have at least taken some steps to prepare for an emergency. Of that 58%, it is unknown what percentage of households are completely prepared to meet the needs of their families in the event of a disaster.

Each day in the news we watch disaster after disaster unfold around the world at a seemingly increasing rate. It’s even more important than ever to be prepared for an emergency by having a plan and at the very least some basic survival supplies on hand in case we are the ones facing the next disaster.

There are countless resources online to gain knowledge about the potential natural disasters you may face in your area. Educate yourself on how to prepare for the most likely emergencies you may possibly experience.

Begin your emergency preparedness by doing the basic steps below:

Make a disaster preparedness kit
Make a plan
Be informed about emergency situations in your area

Do a little research and become better prepared by taking a first aid and CPR course. Make copies of important papers, medical records, important contacts (such as insurance companies), and priceless photographs and store them digitally or have them in a location where you can grab them at a moment’s notice in case you need to evacuate. A good resource to begin with as you gather emergency preparedness information is at Ready.gov.

Car Emergency Kit Items

Car emergency kit items are not just things that are handy to have on hand, but can literally make the difference in surviving during an emergency situation.

The list shown below includes not only items mentioned in the video above, but some other suggested items that are important to have on hand if you’re involved in or on the scene of an accident, experiencing severe weather, or if a natural disaster occurs.  In addition, to the Car Emergency Kit Items below, it is also very important to keep a Car First Aid Kit in your vehicle as well in order to be able to be prepared in case of a medical emergency.

Car Emergency Kit Items

  • First Aid Kit
  • Spare tire and jack
  • Tire gauge (to make sure your spare tire is properly inflated)
  • Vehicle owner’s manual
  • Flashlight with extra batteries in a separate bag
  • Battery powered lantern
  • Cell phone and car charger
  • An orange reflector triangle
  • Bungee cord
  • Jumper cables
  • Work gloves
  • Shop towels/rags
  • Bungee cords
  • Washer fluid
  • Duct Tape
  • Sand, kitty litter, or asphalt roofing shingles (in case stuck in winter weather)
  • Battery powered radio with extra batteries
  • Emergency blanket
  • Water
  • Non-perishable Food Items
  • Change of clothes
  • Sturdy shoes

Firestone Auto Care created the above video and has provided some valuable basic car emergency kit items to store in your vehicle in order for you to feel safe as you’re driving down the road.  Hopefully you won’t have to use this emergency car kit, but if an accident, or other emergency situation takes place, you can rest assured that you will be ready with the needed supplies.

Being Prepared For Disaster

Being prepared for disaster is the issue addressed in the news video shown below from WDRW in Augusta, Georgia after a recent rash of tornadoes. And of course the best way to deal with a tornado, or any severe weather or disaster is by planning for an emergency ahead of time.

A good piece of advice is the old adage from the Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared.” Yet, many are not equipped to deal with disaster.  The more things you can think of in relation to emergency supplies and planning, the better off your family will be, which is why it’s even more important to prepare well in advance for possible emergencies.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Association)  created an Emergency Preparedness Checklist of what you need to keep both at home and at work.  It’s all part of their initiative encouraging people to make a disaster supply kit containing the following items:

Flashlight
3-Day Supply of Food & Water
Battery Powered Radio
Batteries
First Aid Kit
Sanitation & Hygiene Items
Dust Masks (shown in the picture below)
Prescription Medicines
Copies of Important Documents

 

 

 

 

It is crucial to understand the importance of being prepared, for as we all know, disaster can strike at any place and at any time.