I am a worrier by nature. I think it runs in my family, inherited by me from my mother. From the time we are young and in school, we learn how to prepare for emergencies. We practice fire drills, tornado drills in the Midwest, earthquake drills on the West Coast, and countless others. When we get older and start to work, employers have similar procedures in place expanded to include events such as robbery, power outage and chemical spills. In businesses where we shop and eat you can be assured that many have actions mapped out for extreme situations like natural disasters, medical situations, and missing children.
And while it’s great that businesses are prepared like this – are families prepared in their homes? No one wants to think about something bad happening to themselves or their family, the best thing you can do is be prepared. If you are equipped with adequate information and supplies you can avoid panic and react properly if an emergency situation ever happens.
First, develop a plan with your family and make sure everyone knows their role in it. Then practice it to create a safe and secure home.
I have created an emergency contact template to have all the information I need in one convenient location. It contains vital information such as emergency contact numbers, family contact numbers, and medical information. If you’d like to create one, too, just click this link to download the template and then fill in your information. You want to make sure to keep it in an easily accessible area, such as near the phone or on the refrigerator. Make sure everyone knows where it is and how to obtain the information they need. I have laminated the sheet so that I can easily use dry erase markers to make changes as necessary.
A few other tips – all family members need to know how and when to call emergency numbers. If you live in an area where natural disasters are common it is a good idea to be prepared with a ready-to-go kit of safety supplies like bottled water, battery powered flashlights and more (check out a great list from the U.S. government’s disaster preparedness team at Ready.gov). Another great idea is to ask your doctor or local authorities about the best way to prepare for emergencies, injuries, or illnesses.
Now I can put my worrying at ease and know I have done what is needed to keep my family safe!