September is National Preparedness Month. The purpose of National Preparedness Month is for you and your family to focus on planning for any emergency that may come your way. In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the impending impact of Irma and the fires in California; I asked myself, “Are we prepared for emergencies?” Can we evacuate safely in 20 minutes? Do we have emergency supplies packed and ready to go? Do we have a special stash of diapers and wipes for Babygirl? Can we safely shelter in place for at least three days? Do we have an emergency meeting place in case we are separated? The answer to all of these questions is a big fat NO!!!
As a girl raised on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, I’m familiar with preparing for tropical storms and hurricanes. I remember watching my stepfather and brothers board up windows. I remember helping my mother fill the bathtub with water for our hygiene needs. It’s been some years since I’ve given emergency planning any thought. As a planner by nature, the idea that my crew isn’t prepared for emergencies did not sit right with me. So off to the internet I go.
FEMA’s website is an amazing resource for information. I learned a ton of useful tips and tricks that I will be implementing for my family.
- Make a Plan – It sounds simple, but many of us don’t have a plan. We usually come up with a plan on a whim. In case of an emergency, are you headed to a shelter? Do you know where the nearest shelter is located? What’s your evacuation route?
- Consider the needs of your family – Think about the things that are needed for YOUR family? Do you have medication for your son? Do you all have any dietary restrictions? These are things to consider when you are preparing for an emergency.
- Complete a Family Emergency Communication Plan – FEMA.gov has a several plans on its site. Click here to look around.
- Practice Makes Perfect – Communicate and share your plan with all members of your family? Practice meeting at your emergency meeting spot.
Now that you have an overall emergency strategy, let’s take a look at some practical items you can included in your emergency kit.
This post is just a starting point in terms of emergency preparations. Please understand that every emergency is different and may require a different emergency plan. There’s no such thing as being too prepared. Remember if you stay ready you won’t have to get ready.
Stay Safe Everyone!