With Hurricane Sandy approaching my friends on the East Coast, some of you may be considering what you would do in the case of an emergency. I know it always makes me wonder if we would be prepared if disaster strikes. You always know something is impending when all the milk and bread is gone from the stores! If you are a couponer and stockpiler, you will probably already have many of the things you need stocked up in your home.
Here’s a few Emergency Preparedness Tip Sheets:
- Create a Emergency Preparedness Plan
- Create a Emergency Preparedness Plan with Your Family
- Create a Emergency Preparedness for Your Pet
- What Happens After Disaster Strikes?
An important part of the emergency preparedness is building a comprehensive emergency preparedness kit. Maybe, not quite Y2K stock up but it is always a good idea to have several key items. Here’s a good starting point:
- Water (minimum three day supply for evacuations, two week supply for home)washing and drinking)
- Non-perishable foods (minimum three day supply for evacuations, two week supply for home)
- Assorted battery pack (purchase the pack that provides a variety of battery sizes so that you’re prepared no matter the need)
- Multipurpose tool
- First aid kit
- Medications (at least a 7 day supply)
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio if possible)
- Extra clothing
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
- Copies of important documents – In case of emergency, you’ll need copies of birth records, household lease or deed, medications list, passports and insurance policies
- Household liquid bleach
- FEMA: Tips to prepare before a disaster, what to do after, applying for assistance
- Weather.gov: Latest weather forecasts and alerts
- CDC Emergency Preparedness: Includes not only natural disaster preparedness tips but tips for disease outbreaks as well.
- Emergency Kits from Amazon: Everything you may need in one box!
Please be safe and I pray that the weather isn’t as bad as they are predicting!