Insurance Resources: Preparing For An Emergency

When preparing for an emergency, have the most detailed and informative information is essential. You do not want to forget something when packing, and making an emergency plan. You will want to find out what type of disasters your area is prone too, and plan accordingly for those disasters. For example: if you live on the west coast then you might want to plan accordingly for earth quakes, if you live by the water then hurricanes might be something to prepare against, and living down south means tornados.

There are a number of things to gather when preparing for an emergency. An emergency checklist is essential so you do not forget anything. You want to write down any important items you may want to take out with you when leaving. You also want to include any first aid supplies, things you might need to turn off, and also bring numbers along with you. Emergency numbers are those of the fire department, police station, poisoning control center, and other government buildings in your area. You also want to ensure that you have the numbers of your loved ones with you so you can check on them periodically. Create an emergency evacuation plan to ensure that you know the best routes to get out of your home. There may be a few different routes, knowing the best one to take if another is blocked off provides you with alternatives. Write these routes down, and create a place to meet up if the family becomes separated.

You want to ensure that you and the rest of your family know how to turn off any gas, water, or electricity outlets if needed. This is important when there is an electrical storm or perhaps a fire. Once you’re in a safe place, and everything is set, you want to ensure that you check on anyone else who might be in trouble and need assistance such as elderly friends and family members. This is to ensure their safety once you and your family are out of harm’s way due to the emergency situation you’re in. You also want to ensure that your children know emergency numbers, and when to call each of them when in trouble.

First Aid Supplies During an Emergency

There are a number of first aid supplies that you may need during an emergency on a just because basis. They may come in handy, and provide you with the right supplies to get the situation that you have under control.

  • You should have one gallon of water per person per day, and it should be stored in containers that cannot be broke, and should be in date. The supply should be replaced every 6 months.
  • Non perishable or packaged food is essential, and having a non electric can opener with the food ensures you can open the cans.
  • Changes of clothing, shoes, and rain gear in case the ones you’re wearing become ruined. The shoes that you choose should be sturdy.
  • Blanket and sleeping bags. These are to keep warm when the weather is not up to standards to go without one.
  • First aid kit and medications both prescription and non prescription.
  • Glasses if they are needed for anyone in the household.
  • Battery powered radio and flashlight. You want to ensure that extra batteries are packed as well.
  • Cash and credit cards. Cash is usually the better option since you can store it easier, and when the power is down you can still use it.
  • Extra set of vehicle keys.
  • List of physicians for the family, emergency numbers, and family members numbers.
  • List of important family information and their identification cards. Serial numbers of pacemakers, and other devices should also be within this information.
  • Special items that disabled, elderly, or infants might need.
  • Some people might also like to add items that are special to them such as photos, keepsakes, or expensive items such as jewelry even though these are not essential.

Preparing an emergency kit for your car that consists of these items plus jumper cables, maps, shovel, tire kit, and fire extinguisher is beneficial if the emergency occurs while you’re in your vehicle.

There are a number of reasons why all of these points should be adhered too, and followed to ensure everyone’s safety during an emergency. Emergencies can happen at any time, and being prepared ensures you that your whole family is safe. Ensuring that your child knows what should be done is also beneficial in case you do not have access to a phone, or you do not have the ability to get out of the home or find help.

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