What is the saying for March? "In like a lion, out like a lamb?"
I came across some great references outlining steps we can take to prepare for emergencies.
The Family Handyman briefly touches on topics of wild animal, flood, kitchen fire, power outages and more.
Ready.gov provides in depth information for before, during and after an emergency.
The CDC provides information for public health emergencies.
- Water—enough for each family member, pets and sanitation
- Food—non-perishable, easy to prepare items (3 day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home)
- manual can opener
- Flashlight with hand crank or batteries
- Battery powered or handcrank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra working batteries
- First aid kit (you can get a basic kit for under $10)
- Medications and medical items
- Multipurpose tools
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Extra cash and copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies) Stored in watertight Ziploc bag.
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Emergency blankets/ sleeping bags and pillow (stored in a space bag or plastic tote)
- Map(s) of the area
- extra set of keys
- Extra clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather (store in plastic totes)
- Candles and matches/lighter
- Designate a meeting spot for all family members both within and outside of home in event of emergency
- Make a plan that encompasses your animals care and well being
- Create a checklist
- Practice your plan
- Check your supplies at least every 6 months . A great time to do this is when time change occurs in March and November
- Know the warning sirens and alerts in your area
- Know the local emergency services numbers
- Learn CPR and basic first aid measures
- Enable SMS on your cell phone. Voice service may not always be available but there is a good chance SMS (text) is available for limited operation.
- 2 way radio/ walkie talkies/ a CB for communication
- Know where shutoff valves and breaker box/ circuit breaker are located in your house