Is your family prepared for a natural disaster? A house fire? A terrorist attack? Do you have an emergency plan? Have you designated meeting points and a contact person?
Me either. Until yesterday, I never even considered making a family emergency plan. I didn't even know there was such a thing. Thankfully, I stumbled onto Ready.Gov doing research for an article, and my life was changed. Possibly, saved...
Did you know, September is National Preparedness month? This year, Ready.Gov is pushing the initiative to:
Below are a few of the resources I found useful for creating a family emergency plan.
First, POP QUIZ! How prepared are you?
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Local maps
- Manual can opener for food
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Depending on your needs, additional items could be added:
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Cash or traveler's checks and change
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Books, games and/or puzzles
- Paper and pencil