First Aid

An emergency can happen at any time and it is extremely important to be prepared and know what to do while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. Completing training in first aid, CPR, AED, or pet first aid would allow any individual to help when a disaster happens. If you have no prior training you should call 911, stay calm, and do not move the patient. A great step to take to ensure you are prepared for any situation is to make or buy first aid kits for your home and car. Being prepared could save someone‚Äôs life.  

Emergency Supplies

Disasters are easier to handle when you have prepared ahead of time. Supplies such as first aid kits, nonperishable snacks, emergency information (such as insurance policies), extra flashlights and batteries, personal items (such as toothbrushes), and a list of medications and correct dosage amount are important emergency supplies to have in your house. In addition to your house, you can also create an emergency supply kit for your pet, your car and your workplace or school since a disaster can strike at any time. ATM machines tend to be taken for granted which is why some cash should be included in your emergency supplies in case you do not have access to your accounts until after the disaster is over.

Visit https://www.weather.gov/mob/supply_kit for more information

Power

When the power goes out, you may lose other important resources which is why it is important to make a plan to ensure you will have what you need in a power outage. Equipment such as portable generators can help keep food cool, provide lights and electricity for phone and television, power furnace blowers and pumps but they must always be run outside. Keep yourself and your family safe by having flashlights ready in an easily accessible place with batteries. Always remember to stay away from downed power lines or anything in contact with them and unplug major appliances and electronics when the power goes out so there is no damage to them if there is a power spike when the power comes back on.

Family Communication

Ensure that you have the ability to communicate with family and friends during a disaster. In a disaster, methods of communication can be severely limited, if not completely unavailable. Make sure that you have a communications plan so you and your family can keep in touch. It is also always a good idea to have a car charger for your cell phone in case the power goes out, and program In Case of Emergency (ICE) numbers into all family member’s phones.

Get Involved

Communities who have people involved are more resilient and able to respond to and withstand a disaster much better than an uninvolved community. Be prepared at home, promote emergency preparedness in your community, or join a volunteer organization in your community. Some example of volunteer agencies are the Red Cross, the Neighborhood Watch, and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). It is important to connect with any isolated and elderly individuals in your neighborhood since they are more vulnerable during a disaster than most other people.

To learn more about becoming involved in your community visit do1thing.com or redcross.org.

Be Informed

Individuals must be aware of the alert system present within there county. It is important that everyone in the family knows exactly what to do and where to go when they hear and emergency warning. A NOAA Emergency Alert Radio also known as a weather radio is a great resource to have. No matter day or night this radio can turn itself on in order to warn an individual of danger in the area. When watching news casts during a storm it is critical that individuals read everything on the screen since some alerts run across the bottom of the screen but are never spoken aloud.