No one likes the think about the unthinkable…but we really need to. The list of possible disasters is long and scary…but very real.
Natural hazards such as flood, fire, earthquake, tornado, and windstorms affect thousands of people every year. We need to know what our risks are from natural hazards and take sensible precautions to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. In addition, throughout human history, there have been many threats to the security of nations. These threats have brought about large-scale losses of life, the destruction of property, widespread illness and injury, the displacement of large numbers of people, and devastating economic loss.
What should YOU be doing NOW? Well…according to the FEMA website there is a lot you can do to prepare.
You can begin this process by gathering family members and reviewing the information below. Discuss with them what you would do if family members are not home when a warning is issued. Additionally, your family plan should address the following:
Utility shut-off and safety.
Insurance and vital records.
Caring for animals
It is important that family members know how to administer first aid and CPR and how to use a fire extinguisher.
Learn First Aid and CPR
Take a first aid and CPR class. Local American Red Cross chapters can provide information about this type of training. Official certification by the American Red Cross provides, under the “good Samaritan” law, protection for those giving first aid.
Learn How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
Be sure everyone knows how to use your fire extinguisher(s) and where it is kept. You should have, at a minimum, an ABC type.
You can get a comprehensive list of items all of us should have prepared by going here. When I looked at the list I thought it was a bit overwhelming…but considering how valuable it could be “just in case”…I am starting to put things in order TODAY! And you should too.