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  • CommunitySurf: Emergency Preparedness
    Practical information on what you can do to prepare yourself, your home and family, and your community for disasters, either natural or man-made

  • Emergency Preparation Advice

    As wonderful as life can be, you never know when you’re going to be thrown a curve ball that turns your world upside down. Emergency preparation is something that few people give much thought to until they find themselves dealing with the unthinkable. Being unprepared for an emergency of any kind can leave you powerless and with nowhere to turn. Taking the time to prepare for some possible emergencies can save everything from time and money to a life. That’s worth giving some thought to, isn’t it?


    Here are some ways to prepare for emergencies so that you can better handle the things that may come your way when you least expect it.


    ·      Have an emergency savings account. It’s recommended that you always have the equivalent of 3 to 6 months worth of expenses saved in the event of an emergency. This ensures some financial security should you be left unable to earn a living or to help cover unexpected expenses due to some other type of emergency.


    ·      Get a fire safe. By spending a few dollars on a fire-proof safe, you can ensure that important documents are safe should your home be subject to a fire. A fire can rob you of everything if you’re not prepared. Along with a safe, invest in smoke detectors and check them regularly. As well, you should have at least one fire extinguisher in the home.


    ·      Have a stash of bottled water and canned/non-perishable foods stored away in case of emergency or disaster. Some other items to keep on hand just in case; blankets, candles, flashlights, lanterns and firewood in the event of a black out that leave you without any electricity, light and heat.


    ·      First Aid Kits are a MUST. This one should really go without saying. Every home should have a first aid kit to assist in medical emergencies that pop up from a cut or scrape to a deep wound or worse.


    ·      Buy a Pet Emergency Kit. After the pet crisis as a result of Katrina, the use of pert emergency kits has been recommended. Many people abandon their pets after an emergency because they feel they are not able to care for them. These kits are equipped with everything from food supply to water purifying tablets and even include a spare leash, ball and first aid supplies made for our K9 companions. Don’t forget about your furry family members in an emergency!


    These are just a few of the things that you can do to help prepare for any emergencies or hardships that may come your way. You need to always be as ready as possible to protect and care for yourself and your loved ones when things go awry. We can’t control everything but we should always be ready to take charge of those things that we can. Being cautious and aware will help you as far as prevention goes with some of life’s possible emergencies, but for all of the others, the best that you can do is to try to be as prepared as possible. Take some time to learn about other emergency preparation strategies. The internet offers hundreds of great resources to help you be prepared and live with some added security.