Thursday, August 25, 2011

Top Things to do to Prepare for an Emergency

Following a 5.9 earthquake earlier this week, hurricane Irene is scheduled to blow in across the east coast this weekend. Living in this part of he world we generally avoid these sort of crises, so we thought it would be a good idea to brush up on how to prepare for an emergency.

1. Water – While this may seem really obvious, you may not be aware of just how much water the average person needs (about 123 gallons daily) and just how quickly it becomes an issue.
2. Canned Goods – Non-perishables are the easiest way to provide for your family over extended periods.
3. Gas & Coal for Grills – While canned goods are fine in a pinch, it's nice to be able to cook a hot meal and minimize the feeling that things aren't normal.
4. Prescriptions – Make sure you have all of your important prescriptions filled in case you can't reach a pharmacist.
5. Cash – When ATMs aren't working and someone selling goods can't swipe a credit card, cash is the only way you'll be able to make an exchange.
6. Battery Operated Radio – When there's no power for computers or tv's and mobile devices don't work either, a good old fashioned portable radio will still be your best opportunity to stay in contact with the rest of the world.
7. Flashlights – Children can easily be upset during these times, especially at night when there's no power. Make sure you have plenty of flashlights and candles available to keep them calm.
8. Batteries – Radios and flashlights are only good if you have something to power them with. And while you're at it, make sure your mobile devices are fully charged as well as any spare batteries.
9. Pet Needs – Let's not forget our little friends during trying times. Cat liter, pet food, and medicine are extremely important for keeping your pets happy and healthy.
10. Ice – Start storing plenty of ice in a cooler now so that you can extend the life of your perishables or perhaps just enjoy a cold drink.
11. Contact Info – In this day and age of ubiquitous electronics, many of us no longer know our most important contact information without a laptop or mobile device. It's a good idea to take a moment and jot down the most needed contact information of family, friends, and medical providers in case you can't access this information as you normally would.
12. Autos – Before it becomes a problem, make sure your car has a full tank of gas and the proper amount of air in the tires. While you're at it, fill up the portable tank as well.

Be prepared and be safe.
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