What are your 2015 preparedness goals? Have you analyzed what your needs and wants are as a family?
Many people are not sure where to begin when it comes to preparedness. Lucky for them, they have great friends like you! Use this sheet to help them know where they can begin.
The first thing you’ll want to do is assess your risks. For example, if you live on the east coast hurricanes would be a threat. If you live in the Midwest, tornadoes might be your biggest threat.
If you’re not sure what to prepare for in your area, contact your local community’s emergency management team.
This is also a great time to ask your work if they have an emergency plan or your children’s schools and daycares.
Make a Plan
Once you’ve figured out what you’re planning for, begin to make a plan of how you’ll be prepared. The best thing you can do is discuss these issues with family members and friends. In order to help children know what to do during a disaster, talk about it and practice.
Have an evacuation plan in place to get out of your home in case of a fire. Also plan how you would leave the city if there were a community-wide evacuation like a wildfire or hurricane warning.
This is the time when you should also prepare by assessing how much food and water you’ll need. FEMA recommends a gallon of water per day per person and to keep a 3 day supply per person.
Collect and Prepare
Now is the time to execute your plan. Begin to collect the non-perishable foods you’ll need. Gather supplies for your 72-hour kit, water containers, etc. Based on what you’ve planned, your needs will be unique.
It’s important to prepare but don’t run faster than your legs can carry you. Pace yourself and take the list one step at a time.
List and info taken from the Ready Store.