Friday, 26 October 2007

Are you prepared, part 2

Prepare an emergency kit and store it in a safe place at home. Store a smaller version of the kit in your car. Remember to check your kit every 6 months. The kit should contain basic supplies to last everyone in your household at least 3 days:

  • Bottled water.
  • Food: Non perishable, high-protein items and ready to eat canned food. Don't forget the can opener!
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First – aid kit.Medication.
  • Battery-operated radio with extra batteries.
  • Tools (like a manual can opener, screwdriver, knife, garbage bags).
  • A change of clothes for everyone.
  • Personal items.
  • Important papers (including a copy of your contact list)
  • Sanitary supplies (like toilet paper and feminine supplies).
  • A local map with the emergency routes marked.

Make sure you understand what kind of emergencies or disasters might occur where you live and work and prepare yourself for that. Take a look at your home and see where the weak spots are. Take a look around your garden or back yard. Imagine the worst scenarios in case of a fire or flood and try to do whatever needed to reduce the possible risks and effects in case that would occur. Know where to listen for announcements from local authorities.