A number of recent tragedies illustrate just how quickly our lives can be turned upside down. First and foremost, we at Safeguard share our thoughts and prayers with all of the men, women, children and families that have been affected by recent events.
This timely message addresses an issue that most of us probably haven’t really thought about. As residents of the Desert Southwest being prepared to handle a catastrophe isn’t high on our priority list. While we are less likely to experience some of these recent disasters, planning for an unforeseen emergency is still an important consideration.
We thought it was important to share information on how to prepare for an unforeseen disaster. This includes having an emergency kit, putting together an emergency plan and communicating this information to family members. These are important tips that we hope you find helpful. You need to be ready should an emergency presents itself.
Should a disaster strike, you probably won’t have the time needed to put together a survival/emergency kit. It is recommended that you put together several emergency kits including; an Emergency Car Kit, a 72-Hour Emergency Kit and a Medical Kit and store them in easily accessible areas. A good 72-Hour Emergency Kit should include:
- First aid kit (click here to see American Red Cross suggestions)
- LED flashlight and extra batteries
- 3-day supply of water for each family member
- 3-day supply of food and snacks (nonperishable food items are suggested)
- Prescription medications (keep an eye on expiration dates)
- Maps of surrounding areas
- Waterproof bags, boxes or containers
- Wet towelettes and personal sanitary items
- Whistle to signal for help
- Matches or lighter in a waterproof container
- Cell phone with extra battery and charger
- Tools (wrench, pliers, hammer, can opener, etc.)
- Change of clothing (climate appropriate)
- Blankets and sleeping bag
- Cash in small bills and coins ($200 or more)
These are essentials when preparing an emergency kit. Depending on the types of emergencies you could encounter, you will want to pack additional supplies that match those needs.
You should also develop an emergency plan. This plan should take into consideration your location, situation and emergencies you could encounter. Share this plan with family members to ensure that everyone knows exactly what to do in an emergency. Your emergency plan should include a meeting location and plan for when everyone isn’t together, important phone numbers and an out-of-state contact. Equally important, inquire about emergency plans for both your child’s school and your work.
It’s important to have both an emergency kit and plan in case you are forced to evacuate your area quickly. Having an easily accessible and pre-made emergency kit and meet up location for family members can help in this process. Always try to have plenty of gas in your vehicle and know your local routes (as some may be blocked due to heavy raining, flooding and/or heavy traffic.
The first step is realizing that almost anything can happen at any time. Planning for the unexpected improves the chances that you and your family remain safe. While many of us don’t like to think about bad things happening, being prepared for when they do is smart. Follow these steps to make sure you are ready should the unexpected occur. Share these with friends and family members so that they are too.
Our number one mission at Safeguard is to help keep our customers safe. We encourage you to become independent and better prepared to stay safe during an emergency.