Making A Plan
As part of our continued relationship with FEMA and National Preparedness Month, we'd like to talk about how important it is to have plan in place for your family if such a disaster were to occur.
It is important to include children within your plan and your discussion. This can begin as a simple conversation over dinner in which you simply ask "what would they do, if.....". Children are a very crucial part of the planning, particularly so that they know what to do just in case there are no adults at home at the time of a disaster.
Be sure to practice your fire drill and emergency plan at least twice a year when everyone is at home. Another helpful tool is to have a family group text that includes your family and friends, in order to keep in touch throughout the emergency.
Also, don't forget to include your pets as part of your evacuation and pack up plan. Even practice the evacuation with them so that you and the children are more familiar with the evacuation process should it occur.
Another useful tip is to learn how to turn off utilities within your home, particularly natural gas during an emergency situation.
Be sure to have enough food, water & medications to last at least 72 hours should an emergency occur.