Do Not Panic
If we get in a panic mode it would be easy to have an unnecessary accident.Getting hurt in an emergency, we are not going to be able to save ourselves or save anybody else.So we need to remain calm.
We will be a lot more efficient calmly putting our plan into action. I know you are saying easier said than done. When our family is in an emergency situation the adrenaline starts pumping.I’m not saying drag your feet but go as fast as we possibly can without getting in a panic mode. If I know how to plan for a disaster I will not get in a panic mode.
Smoke alarms and carbon dioxide alarms
- Need to be in all bedrooms
- ALL living rooms
- Anywhere we might be sleeping
- We need to be checking our smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly at a minimum of every thirty days
- Keep it in a place that is easy to access
- Inspect and know how to operate it.
- Two exits for each room is ideal.
- Talk with our families and practice our evacuation plan.
- Have a meeting place outside.
Do a some planning
Inspect Our Homes
To make sure there are no fire hazards
- Such as bad plug-ins.
- Heating cooling system.
- Anything blocking heater vents.
- Maybe just clean leaves and debris in the yard.
- Have a professional check out your electrical and heating cooling systems routinely.
- In a power outage, open flame candles and oil lamps are very dangerous.In the previous post https://justbeready.net/how-to-prepare-for-power-outage there is some information on batteries, led lights and power inverters.
- Show and teach each responsible household member how to shut off gas, electric, and water.
A list of emergency response phone numbers
- Posted near our phone
- Entered in our contact lists in cell phones.
- Teach our children how to use 911.
- In case we get separated, everyone needs to have phone number and address of meeting location.
- All household members should have the phone number for an out of town or state friend or relative so they can contact them if can’t call each other we can call them let them know we are safe.
- Sometimes phones will make an out of town or state call better than a local call in a crisis.
- The red cross has a website set up for people to register as being safe. https://safeandwell.com
- Communicate with neighbors.
We all need to do an inventory of the emergency supplies we already have.
- Most of us will have enough to last a few days.
- Arrange in a tote or box so it will be easy to access.
- Maybe to grab them and go in case we can’t shelter in place.
- Water is our number one priority.
- We can rotate bottle or containers of water to have fresh at all times. A case of 32 16.9 oz.bottles will last one person three days if they use it wisely.
- A water filter in case you have to get water from a source that we are not sure is safe to drink.
- Some good healthy types of food that have a shelf life of one year so it would be easy to rotate out.
- Dry cereal.
- Canned goods.
- Powder milk we will need to adjust the amount of water we have.
- Peanut butter.
- Emergency stove to warm our food.
- Extra blankets or sleeping bags.
- You can have a look at this bare essentials list.
I am confident that most of us do have what is on the bare essentials list. By doing an inventory we will be more organized.Nothing worst than feeling around in dark trying to find a flashlight which that could be hazardous to our health.
We need to have some cash saved.
- The first month add to our inventory to have enough emergency supplies for three days.
- The second month add to our water supply maybe some food grade water containers or water filter. Especially if live in an area that is prone to boil orders.
- The third month add to our food supply that has a longer shelve life such as airtight containers or freeze dried food.
The survival frog’s blog has a lot of good information.
If we keep doing a little every month in a short time we can be prepared for maybe 3,6,0r 12 months. What a peace of mind that would be.
Let us just be ready so were not at the mercy of others in a disaster.
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