Saturday, December 28, 2013

Emergency Preparedness

Is Emergency Preparedness A Priority For Your Family?

A disaster can occur to any one at any place or time. The most important thing is whether you are ready to handle it. A disaster does not knock at the door to give you a chance to get prepared. It comes when you are not aware and when you think it cannot happen. To be on the safe side, you need to have equipment that is needed for an emergency ready and close at hand. You are supposed to have sufficient information about how to deal with any emergency that may come your way. Always be prepared for an emergency to avoid a situation when you will not be ready to handle it. The following item are very important in your readiness to any emergency:

In Case of Emergency

ICE: This is an abbreviation which stands for In Case of Emergency. You should not confuse it with the ice cubes you carry to drink when thirsty! Modern technology has made it easier for you to get assistance in case you have an emergency. Most phones have an ICE button which can be dialed by a rescuer to contact the person you have saved in case you are unconscious. The button does not require a password. Make sure you have saved the phone number of a person who will be able to implement your emergency plan. He should be a person who knows you very well like your parents, spouse, siblings or a friend you trust. This is what ICE entails. It is very important to have an ICE button in your phone.
Lights: There are many lights that are available for us to use when we are in a situation that we cannot rescue ourselves. Having a perfect flashlight is an ideal plan to be prepared in case of an emergency. Acquire a flashlight which can be recharged by solar energy, shaking or by a hand crank. They are very important because you will not be stranded in case the light goes off. However, the best light is the one that can be charged by a hand crank or shaking. Make sure to have several scattered about for ease of use.
Emergency radio: The truth is that many people forgot the existence of emergency radio since the internet became popular. However, it is equally vital to have an emergency radio in your house. Sometimes lights and power may go off and the only option left will be a radio which has batteries or can be recharged. Solar desk lamps can also be good if they have radio build in which have batteries recharged by solar. This radio might be the only source of information in your house if power is off or disconnected and the internet becomes compromised. Our favorite (as well an all time best seller) is by far the Ambient Weather WR-334-U.
Canned food: This might seem to be light, but it carries its weight. Not many people like canned food because of its taste, but it is better than starving. Have canned food in your shelf or box. You might be in a disaster that restricts you from cooking or accessing a hotel. They are not bad for your heath regardless of their taste. Freeze dried food is also another alternative and can be stored for many years.
Water: This is the most important thing you should have ready. ‘Water is life’. Ensure you can access clean drinking water in case of an emergency.
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