Day 219: Preparing for an Emergency

Preparing for an emergency

One of the things you can do together as families on family night or several family nights, is to map out emergency plans. Here are a few things might want to talk about.

1. Fire escape plan. If there’s a fire in your home, your children need to know what to do. They need to know how to try to get out and where to meet once they’ve gotten out. They need to know to stay close to the ground when there is smoke, and to touch doorknobs when entering the room to see if it feels hot. They need to know techniques such as stop, drop, and roll in order to make sure they know how to put out a fire if their clothes catch fire.

2. Have an emergency kit. We sometimes call these things 72 hour survival kits. That’s because we want to put enough food and provisions in each to be able to live off for three days without other assistance. This is usually done by putting supplies in a backpack, which also makes it easier to carry around. Be sure not only to include nonperishable foods, but items like toothpaste and deodorant. There are many lists online about what should be in an emergency kit, such as the following:

http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/dem/prepare/72hourkit.jsp

http://www.whentechfails.com/node/23

3. What to do about disasters that are specific to your area. If you live in Nevada or Utah, you are probably not going to have to worry about hurricanes, but you think about the possibility of earthquakes. If you live in Hawaii, the possibility of a volcanic eruption can be a threat. Take some time and to plan out what you would do for the disasters that specific to your area.

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