Resolve To Be Ready: Additional Topics
Basic Tips – Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. In order for you and your family to be safe before, during and after an emergency, planning in advance is critical.
You may not be with your family when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan..
Consider the following:
How will you contact family and friends?
Be sure to create a family emergency plan. Complete a contact card for each adult family member and have them keep these cards handy in a wallet, purse or briefcase. Additionally, complete contact cards for each child in your family. Put the cards in their backpacks or book bags.
How should you prepare?
Purchase additional batteries and car-charger adapters for wireless devices; make sure to keep the batteries fully charged. Keep phones, laptops, PDAs, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location. It is a good idea to keep them in a waterproof bag. Consider purchasing a solar-powered charger.
Your wireless device be your greatest resource during an emergency or disaster
Maintain a list of emergency phone numbers – police, fire and rescue agencies; power companies; insurance providers; family, friends and co-workers. Distribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends and forward your home phone to your wireless number if you will be away from your home or have to evacuate.
Send brief text messages rather than voice calls – often text messages get through when wireless networks are overwhelmed during a crisis. Finally, limit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless networks for vital communications.
Have a plan to communicate when even when cellular systems may be inundated to reunite with family members and loved ones.
Identify a contact such as a friend or relative who lives out-of-state for household members to notify that you are safe. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
Be sure every member of your family knows vital land-line phone number as well as cell lines. Consider adding coins or a prepaid phone card to your emergency kit. If your cell phone has an “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) contact function, program your contact today. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to inform your ICE contact that they have been you have selected them as an emergency contact.
During a crisis or emergency timely information is needed in order to make smart decisions.
Be Informed about many types of emergencies and disasters that may occur.
While making your emergency or disaster plans, here are a few considerations and links that can provide guidance with the care of pets, aiding family members with access and functional needs and safely shutting off utilities.
Make sure to discuss the information in your family plan after all the information has been gathered. Practice your plan at least twice a year and update it according to any issues that arise
Inquire about the emergency plans where you work in addition to related daycare centers and schools. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one.
Other general preparedness tips:
- Take photos or videos of all personal possessions for insurance purposes.
- Have at least $200 in cash in the house for emergencies.
- Store several gallons of water.
- Make sure a trusted neighbor or friend has a spare key to your home, cars, boats, recreational vehicles and safe deposit boxes.
- Place emergency items in car trunk.
- Store enough food and water to sustain each person and animal for three daysi n your home.Have two flashlights with extra batteries strategically located in your home.
- Purchase plywood to cover windows.
- Check out this link for a general preparedness guide (Note this is a large file and it may take extra time to download.)