Prepared, Not Scared.
National Preparedness Month is a nationwide initiative to recognize the need to prepare ourselves and our families for the the worst to happen. Last year was fraught with devastating hurricanes and wildfires reminding us how important it is to plan ahead and be prepared. Take the time to learn lifesaving skills like first aid, CPR, and how to use an AED. Learn practical safety tips as well including how to shut off the water or gas to your home. Preparing for an emergency is as simple as a starting a conversation over dinner.
- Does your family have a fire escape plan?
Practice two ways out of every room.
- Do you have a list of important contacts (family, friends, out of town contact, doctors, insurance, water, electric, etc) written down?
Today we’re so used to picking up our cell phones and dialing a friend that we don’t memorize numbers anymore.
- Do you have a copy of all important documents?
This includes insurance information (home, life, auto, medical), medical documentation, list of medications, birth and marriage certificates, copy of your social security card, records and vaccinations for your pets…
- Do you have two designated emergency meeting places?
Consider familiar places you and your family would go to reunite in a safe location. One location should be in your neighborhood in the event of a fire or other emergency that forces you to evacuate your home. The other should be located outside your neighborhood. If a disaster happens when you are at work or school and cannot get back home where will you go? A library, community center, house of worship, friend’s home are all viable options.
- Is your Disaster Preparedness Kit stocked and ready for at least 72 hours?
Water, Non-Perishable food, NOAA Weather Radio, Flashlight, First Aid Kit, Extra Batteries, Whistle, Dusk Mask, Moist towelettes for personal sanitation, Garbage Bags, Wrench or Pliers to turn off utilities, Manual Can Opener, Local Area Maps, Cell Phone with Chargers and Backup Battery, Prescription Medications, Glasses, Contact Lense Solution, Infant or Baby Supplies, Pet Food, Cash, Blankets, Clothes, Water Disinfectant, Fire Extinguisher, Matches, Paper and Pencil, Activities for Children
- Have you signed up for Alerts through Alert Durham?
This will allow you to receive notifications of evacuations, shelter locations, and where to find food and water in an emergency. It’s important to have things written down and sealed in a water proof container (ie zip lock bag) to use as reference.