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Be Prepared for an Emergency

Posted by on July 6th, 2017 Posted in: Disaster, General (all entries)
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Did you know last year the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency recorded 102 emergency declarations? These included wildfires, severe storms, hurricanes…any sort of natural disaster. These disasters can often be sudden and unplanned for, so it’s important to make sure you’re prepared in case you’re caught in the middle of one!

The first thing you need to do is plan. You know the saying–failure to plan is planning to fail, and in these instances, you really don’t want to be caught unprepared. Here’s a list to get you started provided by Safety.com.

  1. Make a list of emergency contacts
  2. Designate an emergency meeting place for your family members. Have one for both in the neighborhood and outside, depending on what the emergency is.
  3. Make copies of your emergency plan–every family member should have access to their own copy.
  4. Practice your plan! It’s great to have it all on paper, but make sure everyone knows what to do if a disaster were actually to occur.

Once you have your plan, it’s time to think about the other practicalities of a disaster–if there’s a disaster in the winter, you’ll need some warm clothes. You’ll generally always need bottled water, no matter the emergency. What about a hurricane in the summer? You can find a full list of tips and more on Safety.com. SCR encourages you to be prepared!

To read more about emergency preparedness, please visit “Be Ready When Disaster Strikes: Your guide for emergency preparedness.”

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