With all of the chaos in the world today, it sometimes seems there is an endless stream of emergencies, natural disasters, and other high-stress situations that we face. Even if these aren’t the situations that we expect or deal with often, it’s always a good idea to have some kind of emergency preparedness plan intact.
Most people aren’t educated about what they should do in a variety of emergency situations, and we want to help inform. Some of these emergency preparedness tips might just help you in a dire moment of need.
Unless you live in tornado alley or on a tropical island, you probably don’t expect natural disasters to occur often, if ever. But natural disasters don’t just come in the form of tornadoes and hurricanes, and it’s good for anyone anywhere to at least have some knowledge and preparation for the various natural occurrences that can take place in their area.
Tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, tsunamis, landslides, and severe thunderstorms can all cause and/or be classified as natural disasters. Know which of these your climate and location are prone to, and get educated on how to keep yourself and your family safe.
The two biggest things to help prepare for a fire emergency in the home are to have an escape route planned and working smoke alarms. These two things alone can save lives.
Top tips for fire safety include:
- Make sure a smoke alarm is installed on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside of areas where people sleep.
- Test your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries as needed.
- Make sure your family is all aware of the escape plan and what to do if there is a fire in the home. Practice the escape plan a couple times a year to keep it fresh in everyone’s minds.
- Never go back into the home. Always get out of the house as fast as possible, stay out, and call for help.
If you live in a place where it rains often, you’ve likely never experienced drought before. But if you don’t, you might know the impacts of it all too well.
Drought is a period of dry weather that lasts long enough to cause problems such as crop damage and shortages in the water supply. Many communities have water conservation measures in place for when they do face a drought.
Here are some water conservation tips that you can use to prepare with and use if you are ever in a drought:
- Don’t pour water down the drain. If you don’t want to finish your glass of water, use it to water indoor or outdoor plants.
- Repair any dripping faucets.
- Take shorter showers.
- Keep a bucket in the shower to get excess water for your plants or garden.
- Start a compost pile instead of running food down the garbage disposal.
- Only water your lawn every 5-7 days.
- Run the dishwasher on “light wash”.
- Store water. Be sure to keep it in a UV-resistant, food-grade plastic container.
Take the measures that you can to do your part to prevent and help in the case of a drought.
Flu and Other Airborne Illnesses
Getting sick is never fun, but it is something that you can help prevent with the right actions.
Preventative tips for the flu and other illnesses include:
- Get a flu vaccine every year.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
- Drink a lot of fluids.
- Use stress management techniques.
- Make sure you get enough sleep and rest.
- Exercise often.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay away from others when you are sick and away from those who are sick.
- Encourage students/employees to stay home when they are sick.
If blizzards are a common occurrence in your area in then it’s a good idea to take some of these preparedness tips with you. Winter storms can cause a range of emergencies, from car accidents to fires due to improper heater use. Follow these tips to stay safe this winter.
- Keep blankets and heat packs in your car.
- Always keep your gas above a half tank full.
- Listen for storm warnings.
- Don’t leave the house if you don’t have to.
- Drive cautiously, and be wary of other drivers on the road. Give plenty of space between yourself and other drivers.
- If your house has gas heat, keep your propane tank above a quarter full.
- Keep food storage stocked up so you don’t have to leave the house during a big storm.
These tips are not meant to scare anyone, but emergency situations do happen when we least expect it. So be prepared and stay safe.