There are no guarantees in life, and that is completely true when it comes to preparing for natural disasters. You never know when one of these unexpected events could take place, and in recent years it seems like they are happening more and more frequently. To truly protect yourself and your loved ones you should have an emergency preparedness checklist. Unfortunately, many people do not take the concept of emergency preparedness seriously. Thankfully, creating such a list is not difficult, and if you take only a few moments to assemble one you will have the peace of mind that you need just in case you are faced with an unexpected emergency.
All that you really need for complete emergency preparedness is a mapped out plan, essential supplies, and a logical head on your shoulders. Planning is key to have all of these things. If you take the time to plan out your emergency preparedness checklist you can trust that you will be ready go in an emergency.
On the supplies section of your emergency preparedness checklist you will want to have any and all of the supplies that you may need in an emergency. Additionally, you will want to give some thought as to how these supplies should be stored. Mobility is important when it comes to preparedness so you may want to use portable plastic tubs or even a large backpack.
On your emergency preparedness checklist you will want to have a list of important contact numbers and family details that includes ages and emergency contacts for any children in the family. Additionally, you will want to have a list of medical contacts (i.e. family doctor, dentist, etc.) Of course a first aid kit is also essential as well as a supplemental supply of any prescription medications and supplemental pairs of glasses, dentures, etc.
Additionally, for true preparedness you will want to have an ample supply of bottled water along with non perishable foods like granola bars and canned goods. Of course, you will need a manual can opener to get to those food.
You should also try to have changes of clothes on hand in addition to blankets and sleeping bags. A battery powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries are also important to have on hand. You also want to be sure that you have some emergency cash on hand just in case you need it.
An emergency preparedness checklist should also include an escape plan for you family. Be sure to draw this plan out and detail where any doors, stairways, and windows are in addition to the location of your emergency preparedness kit.
Finally, sit down to discuss your emergency preparedness checklist with your family. You want to be sure that all members of your family are on the same page when it comes to your emergency plans. Be sure to answer any questions, and be very clear in the details that you set out. If you do this you can trust that your family will be safe in just about any situation that happens to get thrown at you!K