Friday, January 13, 2012

Emergency Preparedness: Getting Started

Step 1: Find out what disaster risks are in your area
Go here for a list of state/local FEMA offices.

  • Learn what types of disasters are likely to happen and how to prepare for each.
  • Identify what your community’s warning signals sound like and what to do if you hear them.
Step 2: Create a Family Emergency Plan
I found a great plan generator here.
Virginia also has an online form to help you generate a plan. Check it out here.
Basically, you need to consider what you would do in the event of an emergency. 

  • Discuss with your family the types of hazards and threats in your area and what to do in each case.
  • Make a list of important contact information and keep it with you at all times.
  • Decide on a meeting place in case you cannot return to your home, and know where you would go if you had to evacuate your area.
  • Collect information about the locations where your family members spend the most time (work, school, etc).
  • Record any medications your family members take on a daily basis.
  • Collect information for others you might need to contact in an emergency. ( For example, doctor, pharmacist, insurance.)

Step 3: Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit
Chance and I are creating one for the car, one for our home, and one for him to take to the office.
Virginia has a list of recommended items for such a kit here.
The third post in this series will focus on creating your kits. Stay tuned.

*I started my research using my local church's website
*This pdf helped me get the ball rolling. I also used a lot of the information from it in this post.

1 comment:

  1. This is such a smart idea! Thanks for the great tips!



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