National Safety Month Week 3 – Emergency Preparedness


June is National Safety Month, a topic that is so important to the well-being of everybody, but so often is unfortunately in the backs of our minds. To honor the importance of safety, we will be talking about the following topics throughout the week: Week 1: Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls Week 2: General Wellness Week 3: Emergency Preparedness Week 4: Ergonomics   This week, we will be covering the basics of emergency preparedness!    When planning for a potential emergency, the basics of survival are important. Always consider the following items when creating your emergency preparedness kit. An emergency supply kit should include: • Water (one gallon per person, per day for at least three days) • Enough nonperishable food (for at least three days) and can opener • Battery-powered or hand crank radio • Flashlight with extra batteries • First aid kit • Tool kit • Moist towelettes and garbage bags for sanitation • Plastic sheeting and duct tape • Cell phone and portable charger Additional items to consider: • Prescription medications and glasses • Pet food and extra water for pet • Important family documents stored in a waterproof container • Cash and change • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person • Matches in a waterproof container Practice makes perfect Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency, and practices it at least twice a year. Drills are especially crucial for fires, but are also valuable for natural disasters. Here are some helpful hints to keep in mind while creating and implementing your plan: • Draw out a diagram of your home and keep escape routes clear at all times • Test all exits and make sure doors and windows are able to be opened • Practicing your plan in the dark can help mimic the room appearance in a fire or if the power goes out • Make sure every family member is aware of the plan and walk children through the process with you • Be aware of everyone’s capabilities – if you or someone you live with needs extra assistance, keep safety in mind as a priority when creating your drill