Typically, Markatos Services offers an array of tips and information in our reoccurring blog to help you make your home as comforting as possible. This particular post will be no different. We put our family name on our business, and we treat each of our customers as such. The suggestions offered in this post are to help you and your family during a time of crisis.
As we all know, disaster of any sort can happen at any time and leave us high and dry. (or wet, depending on what you’re dealing with) Although the consequences of various disasters can be similar, knowing the risks in your region can aide in the preparation of a readiness kit for you and your family.
Today’s feature offers a wealth of information from the Government of Canada: Is Your Family Prepared?
While this was originally written for Canadian citizens, there is plenty of information and tips that you can use regardless of where you live–the message is that each family is responsible for getting themselves ready ahead of time for all kinds of unexpected chaos (storms, community disasters, etc.).
Not only will this help you and your family be better equipped to handle a situation effectively, it also ensures emergency service workers will be able to tend to those in the community that really need help: the injured or at risk.
Make a Plan
There is a great possibility that your family may not be all together whenever disaster strikes. Plan how to meet or how to contact one another, and discuss what could be done in certain situations. Once a plan is in place, get it written down, and then keep it in an easy-to-remember, easy-to-find place.
You should know all the safe exits of your home, but review it with small children, and practice that with them, if need be. Plan a main exit route, and also an alternative route just in case circumstances change. In addition to that, be aware of the evacuation route from your neighborhood should there be a need to leave in a hurry.
Pets are our furry friends, so please don’t forget them in midst of making plans. In case of an evacuation, be mindful that pets are not always allowed at hotels or extended stay facilities. Prepare to take your pets with you to the home of a relative or friend, or take steps to identify pet-friendly hotels or pet boarding facilities in your area and further away from home.
In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
You may have some of the items already, such as food, water and a battery operated or wind-up flashlight. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark? Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet. If you have many people in your household, your emergency kit could get heavy. It’s a good idea to separate some of these supplies in backpacks. That way, your kit will be more portable and each person can personalize his or her own grab-and-go emergency kit.
Add items to your kit such as:
- additional emergency supplies
- A copy of your emergency plan
- Photocopies of personal documents (Licenses, social security cards, insurance policies)
- A household emergency contact list
The weather is perfect, and the news hasn’t said anything about a disaster, you think. I don’t need to prepare for this now. But natural disasters are not the only time to consider having such kits ready. Chemical releases, bomb threats, and power outages are other instances during which such kits would come in handy. Take the time now to be ready for the worst.