Being Prepared Means Preparing For the Worst
By Tom Herrin
A lot of people probably consider themselves prepared for anything until it happens. It is easy to feel overconfident when there have been no really bad situations. They can deal with anything if they have had to deal with nothing. Knowing what to include in a plan can be a challenge in itself. Evaluating needs should be done on a base level. Many agencies that deal with these kinds of emergencies can provide a list of things that may need to be included. To finalize these lists, involving every family member can help to personalize that plan and make it more practical on an individual basis.
Be Prepared To Evacuate
Whatever kind of emergency people encounter, they need to be in a position to grab and go. Basically, they need to be able to pick up a container with their essential items and leave, or change locations, on a moment’s notice. Time may be critical and anytime decisions do not have to be made on the spur of the moment, they will usually be more grounded and less likely to have errors. Every family member needs to know where these emergency kits are located so that there is no delay.
Include The Most Basic Supplies
People cannot go long without water, so bottled water in enough quantity to last a few days is the first thing to include. Food that can be eaten without cooking should be next. First aid supplies along with training for their use should be there along with copies of important papers. These should be things such as birth certificates and insurance papers. Anytime people can have sufficient supplies to get by for a few days, they will have more time to regroup and determine what they will have to do for the longer term.
Everyone Should Know How to Cut Off Utilities
In many of these extreme situations, physical damage can threaten power lines, gas lines, and water supply. A good practice may be to have a regular time when each family member can demonstrate how to turn off each of these things. The possibility of electrocution, natural gas explosions or poisonings, or excess flooding or loss of water, is common and can be prevented with a little knowledge. Make a good family plan, prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.
Also important is being in good health to withstand the turmoil your life will be in. Don't take your health for granted, either. It may save your life.
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