- Know the natural disasters common to your area and how to prepare for each disaster. How does the community notify residents of potential emergencies?
- Identify the safest area in your home as well as various escape routes.
- Assemble a 72 hour Survival Kit: Email Major Mom for details on what your kit should include!
Office & School
- Ask your workplace and each child’s school or daycare about their emergency plan.
- Know where exit routes, fire extinguishers, and medical kits are located.
- Keep important phone numbers in your wallet and in your cell phone.
- Keep vehicles well maintained. Check fluids and tires regularly.
- Store emergency supplies in the car at all times (e.g. first aid kit, jumper cables, flashlight, blankets, food/water, spare tire and tools, gas can).
- Store enough food, food prep supplies, and water for emergency use.
- Store personal care items, first aid kid, emergency lighting, and a radio.
- Have paper and games to keep children (and yourself!) entertained.
- Have one local and one out-of-state contact that all family members call if separated during an emergency. Memorize these phone numbers.
- Create a family emergency plan and designate meeting places.
- Teach children how to get help from neighbors and call 911.
Financials & Vital Documents
- Have cash on hand in small bills. Maintain an emergency fund.
- Have extra checks or credit cards and copies of IDs.
- Keep vital family documents in a fire- and water-proof container.
- Share critical information with a trusted friend or family member should something happen to you.
- Store pet food and supplies with other emergency items.
- Keep pet tags up to date with current contact information.
- Know the location of the nearest police, fire station, and hospital.
- Become familiar with local agencies, nonprofits, and volunteer organizations should you need help or want to give help.
It is recommended that you store a two week supply of water for each person in your household. Each person is recommended to have at least 1 gallon of water per day, but 2-5 gallons per day in an emergency situation is ideal.
Role playing emergency situations with young children is one of the best ways to prepare them for emergencies. Involve neighbors in your processes so they know what to expect from you and your family.
Products to Know About
There are many products to check out when preparing for emergencies. BePrepared.com offers many products for different situations. You can also check out www.costco.com.