With disaster preparedness and safety awareness, we can prevent an increase in the number of lives lost after an earthquake, flood or even storm weather. With weather related issues on the rise, disaster preparedness still stands as a primary goal in protecting ourselves and our families. According to FEMA, over 60 percent of American adults have little to no practices or strategies in handling the onset of natural disaster. One of the biggest excuses people have is claiming that they don’t have time to prepare. You know what they say about failing to prepare? You fail to prepare, then prepare to fail.
I have written often about the advantages of disaster preparedness and how you can ensure your safety and the safety of your family. As we approach the cold weather here in the east coast, preparing your own disaster preparedness kit is one of the best ways to preempt for possible emergencies. Developing a family disaster also sets the tone for how your own children will prepare for disasters in the future. This is you. setting the stage for positive behavior and practices in the lives in your children. Here are some of the things you can do to develop your own disaster preparedness kit.
The health district’s recommendations for a family emergency preparedness kit include:
Prescription and over-the-counter medications
Toiletries, including soap
Baby formula and diapers
Pet food/medications/leases/collars/ID tags
Extra batteries for flashlight(s) and radio(s)
A CDC/DVD/flash drive with important documents and/or photos
Non-perishable food, ready-to-eat canned meats, soups, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, protein bars, utensils, can openers, sterno heating.
One gallon of water per person per day and fluids with electrolytes.
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