Three Ways To Be More Prepared For A Home Emergency

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Emergency preparedness plans are prevalent in the workplace and other public places, but they are much less common in the house, where they may be most required. With all of the commotion going on around us these days, there is no better time than now to ensure you are prepared in event of an emergency.

Preparation is the greatest approach to protect oneself, from the basics, such as maintaining an emergency savings account, to more specific activities, such as understanding how to do readiness checks on a defibrillator (AED).

Following the simple steps below may help your family respond quickly if and when calamity hits.

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Stock Up

Whatever the case, there are a few goods that are always useful to have on hand. Make sure you have enough water, canned meals, and radio and flashlight batteries in case of a power outage. Keep your emergency supplies in a waterproof, airtight container that all family members can easily access.

First aid kits are an excellent addition to your emergency supplies inventory. Whether the danger is direct or indirect, first aid packs can assist you in dealing with minor medical situations until you can obtain extra assistance. Though each one differs, make sure your kit includes at least the following:

  • Latex gloves 
  • Other things to include in your first aid kit are tweezers, a thermometer, and basic over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
  • Antiseptic wipes 
  • Adhesive bandages 
  • Antibiotic ointment 
  • Gauze or other dressings

Consider customizing your first-aid kit as well. Include a change of clothes for each family member, as well as their important medications. If a natural disaster strikes, this guarantees that everyone has at least a few necessities in case they need to flee swiftly or if their other items are destroyed.

Check your emergency supplies on a regular basis, regardless of how you store them. Check that no supplies or prescriptions have expired and that all members of the family have quick access to the supply stock.

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Develop Emergency Plans

It is always a smart option to have reaction plans in place for any potential emergency. Begin by reviewing plans with that you are already familiar. Even small children, for example, are acquainted with the admonition to “stop, drop, and roll” if their garments catch fire. As previously said, young children should also be aware of how to call emergency contacts.

However, not all situations are preventable, so you should be prepared to safely evacuate your home if calamity strikes. If feasible, know how to evacuate each room in several ways in case of consumption by smoke, fire, or water.

Families should gather at an agreed-in advance location once they have left the house. This meeting location does not have to be far away; in fact, a gathering location across the street is probably the most practical method to regroup.

You should be able to arrive at the meeting spot and account for all members of the family as soon as feasible. This is especially critical for younger family members that may not have direct access to the phone and will be unable to contact family if they are evacuated.

Aside from fire and cardiac threats, think about reaction measures for natural calamities. Make sure everyone in the house understands where to go in case of bad weather.

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Prepare Your Car And Home 

The final step in emergency preparedness is making sure your car and home are ready. 

People are uprooted by a variety of circumstances, including wildfires and storms, and preparation time is often limited. Have a “to-go” bag on hand that you can immediately throw-in or keep in your car to avoid last-minute scrambling.

This bag may resemble the one you’ve been using to keep all of your stored supplies. It may include the same essentials, such as first aid supplies, general and personal prescriptions, and at least one change of clothing. You may also want to put a few sheets or blankets in the trunk in case you need to sleep or spend a substantial amount of time in your vehicle. Having a hurricane window for protection, especially in the basement can also give your home added protection. 

These three tips can help you to be more prepared if struck by a home emergency. It’s all about safety, do you have any other tips to share? Please add them to the comments below. 

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8 thoughts on “Three Ways To Be More Prepared For A Home Emergency

  1. Wonderful info. I like the bit about prepping the car can’t forget about the vehicle.

  2. Such a timely post! There is a lot of uncertainty in the world right now. I think it’s so important to always be prepared.

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