Preparing for Family Emergency

Recent national and world events aside, emergency preparedness just makes sense. For me, the peace of mind knowing that I could feed my family for a month without going to the grocery store is enough to keep me replenishing our stash. My husband wanted to know that we could survive for a time without electricity if we really had to, and installed an old-fashioned wood-burning stove for heat and emergency cooking. Here are some emergency preparedness ideas to help you start:

Have a written plan. Meet as a family to discuss your written emergency preparedness plans. Create plans for disasters that have a history in your region (earthquake, flood, tornado) as well as their effects, such as extended loss of power.

Practice for different scenarios. What if a natural disaster occurs during the day, when family members are away from home? If regular means of transportation are out, is the distance home walkable? Where should family members converge if the home is in the disaster area? Practice for these possibilities by discussing them or even having a drill.

Make an Emergency 72 Hour Kit. Designed to sustain a person for three full days, kits should be personalized for each family member and packaged in a backpack or small duffel bag. Include water, nonperishable food, candles, flashlight, radio, first aid supplies, pocket knife, thermal blanket and other necessities. Those who work far from home should keep an extra kit at work.

Store food, water and emergency items. Stock your pantry and keep it stocked with at least a month’s worth of nonperishable foods in prepackaged, canned and dried form. Have a good water filter, emergency lighting and good medical kit on hand.

Rotate your storage. First in, first out when it comes to food items in your emergency kits as well as food stash. Follow the “store what you eat, eat what you store” motto to avoid wasting food that goes past its shelf life because nobody ate it.

Start now. Make a schedule for your emergency preparedness preparations, including at least one thing that you can do today to get some momentum on the project.

This video shows you what the typical family understands about their plan!

Is your family prepared for an emergency? Share your thoughts below.
Submitted by: Maria