Prepare For Emergencies

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When an emergency happens, the time for preparing is over. In every emergency situation, certain knowledge and/ or items are needed. Most Americans are not aware or prepared for these situations. The time to plan is now.

First, having certain items on hand is key. When the town of Wenatchee, WA was hit by a major windstorm in January of 2007, most of the city lost power for 1-7 days.

Residents of the city lacked generators, long lasting food and a way to light and heat their home. These items are among those that should always be kept for these kinds of situations.

Generators, though on the expensive side, are priceless for times when the power goes out. They can keep the refrigerator, heating or cooling systems and lights working.

Food storage is another great way to be prepared. Every person should have at least a 72 hour kit ready to go in case something happens.

In these modern times, food storage does not have to be big and bulky; the best way to be prepared is to keep it in a backpack in case you must leave your home.

In addition to having food storage, you need the utensils and appliances necessary to cook with. Hand-can openers, silverware, stirring spoons, pots, pans and any other cooking supplies are all important to have.

Having water storage is even more important than having food. Water is necessary to stay alive for even a few days, as well as in preparing many kinds of food.

Water filters or purifiers are used to ensure clean drinking water, so having one in your home is important when you can't just turn on your tap to get water.

In places prone to power outages from wind, earthquakes or other problems, lighting and heating your home could be a concern. Lanterns or flashlights are great items to keep on hand as well as matches and candles, which should only be used if necessary as they are a fire hazard.

You will also want to think about other items such as baby diapers, hygiene items, warm and sturdy clothing, toilet paper, first aid kits, batteries, and cook-stoves.

Besides having these items ready to go, knowledge is important to have during every emergency situation.

If something ever happens where you must leave your home quickly, it is important to have a designated place where all members of the family will meet. In situations like a house fire, knowing everyone got out safely is vital.

In the situation of a fire, avoid smoke. If you see smoke under a door, find another way out of the house.

If for some reason you can't get out of your house, remain near a window and close to the floor. This is the best way to be able to breathe until the firefighters can get to you.

Knowing basic safety training, CPR for example, can save lives. In emergency situations, you won't have a whole lot of reaction time and automatic responses will aid the person in trouble.

In an earthquake, stay away from all heavy objects, windows and hanging objects. The safest place to be is under a durable table or something similar.

If you are inside trying to get out, wait until the shaking has stopped to leave your home. Never attempt to keep driving when an earthquake hits- stay where you are.

In the event of a flood, you must always be careful of the water. Do not walk in moving water and avoid walking in water if possible.

Driving in a flood can be seriously dangerous. If your car stalls, leave it immediately.

When a power line is down and in contact with water, that water is not safe to touch. Any floodwater can be contaminated so be very wary of being in it.

Tsunamis are a major concern in certain parts of the world, New Orleans for example. If you live in a high risk area, it is especially important to be aware.

Always be alert for tsunami warnings and evacuate immediately when told to do so. If you see the shoreline noticeably receding, move to higher ground.

In every emergency, the best way to react is calmly and carefully. It's much easier to do so if you are prepared and know what to do.

Make sure you have a plan in place and all the supplies beforehand so you can weather any storm that comes your way.
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This article was published on 2011/02/24