We all love summer, right? However, the hot and humid weather brings storms that trigger electrical outages and several other problems. It’s pretty common for summer tornados, hurricanes and storms to happen. Don’t forget to stock up on summer essentials and make sure your emergency kit is ready to go. Here are 4 tips for you to be prepared for summer emergencies:
1. Make a list of everything that might happen.
From traffic accidents to missing children, make a list of possible scenarios that might happen during the summer. What your list must include is the preparation to mitigate or even avoid the emergency altogether.
Your goal by listing all this is to remain calm in case something is to happen. It will be much harder to think through a situation you haven’t prepared for.
2. Prepare an emergency kit
Don’t pack last minute! Your kit must include:
Cell phone with charger – this is the most important emergency preparedness item in your kit. You can use it to call for rescue teams or share your location to family and friends.
Cash in a waterproof bag – sometimes card readers don’t work
Essential Medication – such as ibuprofen or band-aid
Lighter, flashlight and battery
Basic clothes – like underwear and footwear
Map – after all, GPS may not work
A few days worthy of non-perishable food - and manual can opener
Garbage bags – for personal sanitation
Documents – with information such as emergency contact list, phone list, and your insurance
Make sure everything is easily accessible somewhere in your house. Also, every family member must know where it is and be able to access it.
3. Have an Emergency Preparedness Plan.
Before start planning, you need to know where to look for information regarding your area. Is it common for tornados to happen? Should I be worried about storms or other disasters? Here are a few websites that can help you:
Now that you know what to expect, you can plan appropriately. For example, a safe room, or “tornado room” is “a fortified room that is installed in a private residence or business to provide a safe shelter, or hiding place, for the inhabitants in the event of a break-in, home invasion, tornado, terror attack, or other threat”. In case a tornado happens, you should avoid windows and open areas and you must go to the safe room as soon as you can.
4. Prepare your home
First and most important, store water! You will need at least 4 litres of water per day per person. That’s just an estimate, take into consideration the needs of pets and people with special needs. Check your water supply often (like every 6 months or so) and replace them as needed. A tip is to set a reminder on your phone so you don’t forget.
Also, you will need to stock up on supplies. Non-perishable food is essential! Make sure you have enough for your entire household for a period of 3 days or more. And in case the power is out, use first the food from your fridge, and only after your pantry. Don’t forget that babies and pets require special foods.
Finally, secure your home. For example, if you live in a city where earthquakes are a risk, make sure your tall furniture, like bookcase, is secured.
There is no need to be paranoid about being prepared. Make sure you have everything is ready to go. Update your emergency kit and plan twice a year to make sure everything is working (battery can die) and have not expired.
Most of all, enjoy your summer!
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