Preparing for Emergencies: Guest Post

Having been through our own emergency, when Tawny, from Tawny’s Thriving Home offered to guest post on emergency preparedness, I thought it was a great idea. With our government going in more in debt by the day, our family likes to talk about practical strategies in the case of a real economic crisis. I hope this post encourages and inspires you!

Emergencies. We don’t like to think about them, but they do sometimes happen. How can we prepare for the possibility of Emergencies?

1. Be Informed

What are the risk in your area? Here is Rural North Central Texas, our greatest risk are wildfire, tornado, drought/extreme heat, and power outages. We all face home emergencies such as the need for first-aid and possibility of house fire. Be informed on the possible emergencies in your area and what you can do to minimize the impact.

2. Have a Plan

Do you practice fire drills and fire safety in your home? This is one great emergency plan! Each family member needs to know where fire extinguishers are located, how to use an extinguisher, how to get out of the house in various situations, how to reach the fire department, and where to meet up.

You also need plans for other emergencies. FEMA recommends your plan include Family meeting places, emergency contacts and phone numbers, first-aid, care of pets, safely shutting off utilities and emergency preparedness in your day-to-day activities such as daycare, school, and work environments.

Having a family meeting plan is especially important if you have children.

This may sound silly, but, I remember watching ‘The Land Before Time.’ It always devastated me how poor Cera was separated from her parents. She was lost and alone and didn’t know what to do. When we watched that movie, my mommy would say ‘what do we do if we ever get separated?’ and we would discuss different situations, like being ‘lost’ at Wal-Mart. My mom did a great job at making sure we knew from a young age what to do in all sorts of emergency situations.
“Preparing Children:
  • Talking about emergencies can be stressful and scary. Start small & keep it age appropriate.
  • Small children can learn their parents names and phone numbers.
  • Children should know how & when to call 911, and their home address.
  • Children need to know who ‘trusted’ adults and neighbors are.
  • If you are separated in an emergency, Where should the child go? Where will you meet?
  • Talk to your children about strangers and intruders.
  • Create a 72 Hour Kit for your child.
  • Discuss how to handle Bug Bites, sprains, cuts, and minor emergencies
  • Children can keep a small emergency kit in their back pack at school with basics like a flash light, contact information, water, a blanket , ect
  • Discuss major emergencies: flood, tornado, earthquake, ect
  • Discuss and prearranged a care-provider for your child incase you are not available
  • Inquire about your daycare or schools emergency plans.”

3. Get a Kit

We all know we need to have multiple first-aid kits in our home and a safety kit in our vehicles, but, did you know FEMA & The Red Cross also recommends you have a ’72-hour kit’?
So What is a 72 Hour Kit?

A 72 hour kits is your basic supplies and necessities for 72 hours. You need one kit or bag for every member of your family. This kit is something you can grab and go. It can be very simple,containing the bare essentials, or it can be very detailed containing all sorts of survival tools and essentials.
It typically takes FEMA & Other Aid Groups 72 hours to respond to a disaster. Thus, your kit should contain supplies for your family to survive that interim.
Here are the FEMA recommendations for the your kit:
An emergency can happen at anytime & any place!

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work, and vehicles.

Home Work Car
Your disaster supplies kit should contain essential food, water, and supplies for at least three days.Keep this kit in a desig­nated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.Additionally, you may want to consider having supplies for sheltering for up to two weeks. This kit should be in one container, and ready to “grab and go” in case you are evacuated from your workplace.Make sure you have food and water in the kit. Also, be sure to have com­fortable walking shoes at your workplace in case an evacuation requires walking long distances. In case you are strand­ed, keep a kit of emer­gency supplies in your car.This kit should contain food, water, first aid supplies, flares, jumper cables, and seasonal supplies.

You can also purchase per-assembled kits like those found here. Shelf Reliance also has a great Free Kit Planner Tool.

During many events (Hurricane Sandy comes to mind) it can take much more time for Aid groups to respond. For these cases you may wish to have Food Storage.There are also many other reasons to have food storage such as those everyday ‘emergencies’ such as running out of milk or eggs, a power outage, loss of employment, or other financial emergencies.

You may also want to have the option to NOT rely on FEMA and other government organizations. In this case, you will likely want to start building up some food storage and other preparedness supplies. I think FEMA has their place. And their website is full of useful information, But my family personally believes aid is best handles by the community and other volunteer organizations. I personally hold to the philosophy that if my family must stand inline for basics such as food and water, I have failed to adequately prepare us.

4. Be Involved
Talk to your friends and family about Emergency Preparedness. If possible, have emergency kits in your church to be used by members or as a charity in the event of a local emergency. Have an emergency kit in your vehicles, your home, your office, and a mini-kit with your children at school. Ask your office management about the emergency plans in your office. Ask your children’s teachers about the schools emergency preparedness plans. Be involved in your local volunteer fire department or EMS.

Some Useful Links:

~ Go to TawnysThrivingHome.com to shop products and get the best deals on food storage and emergency preparation products.~

 



One Response to “Preparing for Emergencies: Guest Post”

  1. dora says:

    Good advice.

    Though we can’t be prepared for everything, it doesn’t mean we can’t be prepared for anything.

    We lost electricity power in our area 5 times last year, so we are quite prepared for that. Need to work on the rest.

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