Are you confident enough with your home's protection in the event of a disaster? Do you have any fall back plan in case of fire, flood, earthquake or tornado? How easy is it for you to recover if you're hit by this kind of disasters?
Emergency preparedness awareness is a big factor not to disregard. Starting now will never be too late to assess and improve your disaster emergency plan. Maybe most of us know that it's crucial to prepare and have a back-up plan, but so many of us move it further down the to-do list since in favor of more immediate tasks. But as we all know disaster hits when we are all relax and least expect it. That's why you can't put off your emergency plan on hold any longer.
Here's List of Preparedness Action Tips to Consider:
During a disaster, potable drinking water may be a limited or even not available at all. It is recommended that you keep one gallon of water per person on hand for at least three days, so you can meet your drinking, cooking, and hygiene needs. It is advisable to buy water in a container, rather than refill old plastic milk jugs that can be hard to clean.
Food a number one source of energy is essential. So it is recommended to store at least 3-day supply of non-perishable food available for your household. Dried beans, pasta, canned soup and sauces, drinks packed in aseptic cartons so they won’t need refrigeration including milk and any comfort foods that can easily be reconstituted.
Some insurance companies allow you to fill an extra prescription to keep on hand in the event of an emergency. Regardless, know where your meds are so you can grab them easily if the needs arises. Also make sure you have a ready list of all the medications you take for whatever illnesses they treat, along with the dosage levels. If you require lifesaving medications on a day-to-day basis, such as insulin if you’re diabetic, make sure it is easy for first responders to discover the information, either by wearing a bracelet or other notification system, or by putting it in your phone.
Additional item you need to secure in your emergency plan is a complete first aid kit that includes bandages, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic cream, tweezers in case you need to remove splinters and lastly aspirin or painkillers.
Lights and Flashlight
Having a light source is a must in case of emergency. In a disaster power outage is to be expected, you’ll need lights and flashlights to get around in the evening and outside after dark. Crank flashlights, which you power up by turning a handle attached to a storage pack, require no extra batteries. But if you do opt for battery-powered lights and flashlights, choose lights that are LED's. They have brighter lights and need less energy. Take note that every person in your home need a flashlight in hand and also a battery powered lamp for most common areas. Naked fire must be avoided because it can start fire.
A small propane cook stove like the type used outdoor for camping can come in handy to boil water or cook food. A larger outdoor, gas-powered grill can be used to make more elaborate meals if you lose power to your kitchen. Solar battery packs are very handy for recharging mobile phones and other communication devices.
The best way to make sure you have access to all your important papers including health records, your mortgage, insurance documents, your wills, and perhaps your birth certificates is to scan them and upload them to a virtual file in the “cloud.” Then, no matter what happens to your home, your essential documents are not just preserved, but accessible.
Jewelry & Small Family Heirlooms
This valuable must be keep in a fireproof, air-tight safe in your home, or store them in a safety-deposit box. Take a photo of this valuable for insurance purposes. In an event they get destroyed or loss you can claim or reimburse the items.
In an event of a disaster, it will surely be impossible to access bank or ATM's to get cash. Keep at least few cash for supplies and gasoline.
Family Emergency Plan
How will your loved ones find you if an emergency occurs, especially if cell phone service is interrupted or overwhelmed? Make sure everyone can find a safe place where they can take shelter if they’re not at home, and know where to go to rendezvous. Many communities open schools and community centers after a disaster hits; your family and friends should all know where those centers are and agree in advance to congregate at the same one.
It’s important to get status updates when a disaster strikes. While AM/FM radio stations may not be able to broadcast, short wave radio operators often stay on the air. It may be easier to text than call. Put an ICE in your mobile device. ICE stands for “In Case of an Emergency” and might help authorities find your loved ones if you become incapacitated.