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5 Ways to Prepare Your Family for an Emergency

ways to prepare for an emergency

Be Informed:  

Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency. This means you must know what types of emergencies are likely to happen in the area you live. Understanding what kinds of emergencies could happen will prepare you to react better and to keep your family safe. Pay attention to warnings and watches. Also watches provide advanced weather notices and warnings are used for severe weather.

Have a Plan:

Every family should be prepared for emergencies. Hold family meetings to discuss how each member of the family should respond. Draw a floor plan of the house and map exit strategies for every room in case of a fire. Also examine what the family should do if they are separated and an emergency occurs.  Planning now will help your family react better to dilemmas later.

Know your Numbers:

If your child needed to call you but had a dead cell phone would they know your number? Your children should have your phone number memorized and you should have theirs memorized as well. Smart phones are notorious for their short battery life but they shouldn’t be the reason your children can’t contact you.  

CPR:

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is useful in many emergency situations. CPR can aid in heart attacks, choking, strokes, drowning and severe electrical shock. Being CPR certified will make you prepared for emergencies and accidents. Additionally, studies show that when CPR is performed within the first four minutes of an accident chances of survival double.   

Make a Kit:

Your family shouldn’t be left unprepared for emergencies. Start a food and water supply that lasts two weeks. Dried and condensed foods are purposed for storage and are a good choice for an emergency supply. Clean water is one of the most important things to have saved for an emergency. Each person will need one gallon of water per day. Medical supplies like bandages and rubbing alcohol should be packed and prescribed medicines should be in medicine bottles. Don’t forget to include flashlights and matches.

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