As we officially enter hurricane season, now is the time to plan for weather and other emergencies.
First you can start with prepping your house for you and your family. What would you do if your power went out and you needed to keep food and medication cold? If you lose power and have a well pump, you will not have access to water. Make sure you stock up on water and food that doesn’t need to be cooked or kept cold (like granola bars, powdered milk, trail mix etc.) Generators are great but aren’t necessary. Make sure you have a kit assembled with supplies such as flashlights, batteries, clothes, diapers pet food and coolers. Don’t forget to re-stock and check expiration dates on items in your first aid kit (or get a first aid kit if you don’t have one), and stock up on over-the-counter medication or other medications your family uses. Make a list of phone numbers of family, friends, and doctors that you can contact in case you are unable to charge you phone and can’t access your contact numbers. If you need to evacuate have a plan ready that includes an evacuation route and a safe place for you and your family to stay.
Once you have your home and family all set, now is the time to plan for work place emergencies. What if you are stuck at work due to weather or other emergency? Create a “go bag” to keep in your car or work place with supplies like a phone charger or emergency phone number list, first aid kit, blankets, and extra clothes.
Finally, start your planning now; don’t wait until the storm is coming to gather supplies. We all remember the pictures of grocery stores before Sandy (or snow storms) when shelves are empty. By planning ahead you can help to ease the anxiety and stress of an emergency for yourself and others.