Updated: Jan 24, 2020
It's the new year and time to create the perfect emergency prevention/disaster preparedness plan. What a great way to start out the year, right? Why not take a few easy, first steps to know that you've done everything you can to protect yourself and those you love?
Maybe this subject isn't very "sexy," and maybe it does require you to sit down and consider the basics of emergency planning, but let's face it . . . you need to do it! It's so important!
As we've mentioned in the Feeling Safe in a Shaky World series, one of the easiest ways to take that first step toward preparing for the unexpected is to purchase and fill out the
As our resident emergency expert, Deb Okoniewski, says:
"Taking the time to sit down and fill out the decals together is prep work, because you are discussing the information on what to do in case of an emergency. It is information sharing with family members on what to do. That is the first step in making your plan."
Once you've completed the Basics of Emergency Prevention and Disaster Preparedness, you might want to consider taking a few extra steps to make sure you and your loved ones are as safe as possible.
Top Household Safety Tips:
• Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the Heimlich maneuver (visit www.americanheart.org). Take a class yearly to keep your skills sharp.
• Fill in the Go To Gals Emergency Decals. These important numbers and information should be kept near the phone, on the refrigerator, or anywhere you need them for easy reference. Put them in your purse, wallet, diaper bag, kid’s backpack, or give one to your babysitter.
• Make a First-Aid kit and keep emergency instructions inside.
• Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
• Always use age-appropriate car seats and booster seats in every vehicle.
• As a general rule, in all situations, scan your young children every 10 seconds and never
be more than 20 seconds away from them.
• Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and on each floor of the home.
• Make copies of all important papers and documents. Store these documents in a watertight bag or pouch, along with your home emergency supplies, in a fireproof container or anywhere you can easily find it in case you ever need to evacuate your home.
• Make sure your disaster supplies include enough food and water for each family member for at least 3 days.
• Keep additional diapers, formula, and medication on hand.