Yikes! I can't believe the summer is coming to an end. Time to get my son back to school and re-capture my full work weeks. Not to mention that next Friday marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month (NPM)! What a great time of year to get things checked off your list.
This year the motto or theme for NPM is "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can." To learn more about NPM, please click here! To make things easier for you, I have put together a list below of things you could do over the month of September to get better prepared. You might notice that there are 30 options to coincide with each day of the month. If you want to get a jump start, feel free to begin in August!
What could you do?
- What personal item(comfy blanket, pillow, chocolate, soda, candy, box of red wine, etc.) do you need in your kit? Start here and the rest will follow.
- Develop a family communications plan (out of area, texting, email, social media, etc.).
- Purchase an AM/FM radio.
- Build or enhance your family's supply kit to support you for 2-3 weeks.
- Build or enhance the kit for your car (2-3 day supply).
- Identify water sources in your home (water heater) and store more for up to 2-3 weeks.
- Secure your water heater.
- Purchase a water filtration system.
- Establish or remind an out of area contact that you will be calling in the time of need.
- Develop a family reunification plan, where do you plan to meet if you are separated?
- Develop a fire evacuation plan.
- Drill and test the fire evacuation plan.
- Identify areas in each room for earthquake response (preferably under heavy desks and tables)
- Do a hazard hunt in your home: look for items that could fall and block an exit or fall and injure someone.
- Secure those items identified on the hazard hunt.
- Secure large appliances.
- Install locking devices on kitchen cabinets.
- Prepare with your neighbors.
- Learn CPR and First aid.
- Purchase extra batteries.
- Purchase flashlights.
- Purchase light sticks.
- Purchase a generator.
- Place sturdy shoes and a change of clothes in your trunk.
- Add a warm blanket to your trunk.
- Build up your medications to have a back up for 2-3 weeks.
- Make copies of important documents and store them in your kit, with your out of area contact and in the cloud. Make sure toinclude a copy of your identification showing your address.
- Add cash to your kits.
- Plan for your pets.
- Put some entertainment into your kit!
Good luck and let us know how you did! These are just some ideas there are plenty more, so if these particular 30 don't apply to you and your family. There are plenty more. Reach out to us and we can give you other ideas to get better prepared.
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