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Four easy ways to be more prepared

Being prepared for a disaster is important, but oftentimes it can seem overwhelming. Insurance information is complicated, buying supplies for a full-fledged emergency kit can become expensive and frankly the thought of what would happen if you face a disaster can be mentally and emotionally draining. These are still important steps to take over time, but you can start small with these easy tips and become more prepared:

1. Download your local news station’s news or weather app.

If a disaster is on it’s way, you will want to know sooner rather than later. Your local news station should have an app that you can download. When you do, make sure to turn on push notifications. Doing so will mean you will get notified of important news and weather events like a disaster headed to your area.

2. Determine the safest part of your house (or your neighbors’).

If a disaster calls for evacuation, it’s important that you do so. However, if you are not told to evacuate, you should determine the safest part of your home. During most severe storms you want to be indoors, as low and as far from windows as possible — basements, first floor bathrooms, etc. If you live in an apartment building and do not live on the ground floor, consider making friends with those below you. In the case of a severe storm you may ask if you can take shelter with them.

3. Collect the basics

You can find a list for what to include in a full-fledged emergency kit at ready.gov and we encourage you to start collecting these items. However, it’s a long list and you may not be able to afford everything all in one shopping trip. So start with the basics:

  • Battery powered flashlight
  • External battery charger for your cell phone
  • Bottled water
  • Important family documents

4. Save both personal and professional emergency numbers in your phone. 

If a disaster does happen, it’s important to know who to call for help. Make sure you have these phone numbers saved in your phone:

  • Each member of your household
  • At least one out-of-town friend or family member that may be better able to reach family members in an emergency.
  • FEMA: 800-621-FEMA (3362)
  • Emergency services — Police and Fire Department
  • Utilities
  • Medical providers
  • Veterinarians
  • Insurance companies

Always remember that if you have a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1. You should also mark at least one friend or family member as “ICE” in your phone’s contacts, which stands for In Case of Emergency.  This will help emergency responders know who to contact on your behalf if there is a need.

You can learn more about how Convoy of Hope prepares for and responds to disasters in the video below and at convoyofhope.org/ds.

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Preparedness Month: Cash & Documentation (4 of 4)

For the final week of National Preparedness Month, the focus is on cash and emergency documents. Important documents should be kept in a portable water and fire proof box. Make sure to keep an extra copy of all important documents and store them with an out-of-state family member or friend.

This is also a good week to think about any other special items you or your family might need. Think about specific needs for any seniors, babies, those with special needs or pets that might require other supplies in addition to the items we have listed.

By staying up to date and working through each week’s checklist, your family can be prepared to respond during a time of need. We hope you will take what you’ve learned, apply it and share the information with your friends and family. Being prepared can bring help and hope among even the most devastating circumstances.

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Preparedness Month: First Aid & Personal Hygiene Checklist (3 of 4)

First Aid is important anytime, but can become vital when it comes to keeping your family safe and healthy in your shelter. While it’s hard to know exactly what you will need before a disaster strikes, there are several key items worth having in your family preparedness kit.

Remember that things like flooding and fires can cause germs to be released that create illnesses so prevention is key. Having these basic supplies and knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a tangible difference for your family or neighbors during a time of need.

This is “First Aid & Personal Hygiene” week of National Preparedness Month so please use the checklist below to stock your kit with first aid items, as well as a 3-day supply of toiletries for each member of the family. While food, water, warmth and technology are important, safety is key.

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Preparedness Month: Warmth & Technology Checklist (2 of 4)

Disasters can strike when we least expect it. It’s important to plan for the worst. Because we cannot always predict the weather, consider including warmth and technology items in your disaster preparedness kit.

Each family member should have each item under the “Warmth” category on the checklist. It is best to place these items in a clean sturdy garbage can, tote or other container that will fit in your shelter area. Make sure items you may use for other family activities are also stored with your preparedness supplies for quick access.

During a disaster, you may be without power for many days. Be sure to equip your family with necessary technology to stay connected in case of emergency and to receive news and important updates. Each family member should have their own flashlight in the kit, as well as extra batteries. The shelf life for batteries varies from 5-10 years.

Use the checklist below to stock your family preparedness kit with “Warmth & Technology” items and check back next week during National Preparedness Month for a list on “First Aid & Personal Hygiene.” Making these small changes now can make a big impact when you need it most.

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Preparedness Month: Food & Water Checklist (1 of 4)

Food and water are essential. If disaster strikes, you may not be able to go to the store and pick up items you need. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead. When creating a disaster preparedness kit for your family, you should have a 7-day food supply and enough water so each member of your family can have one gallon per day.

The checklist below is the first of this series for National Preparedness Month and should be used as a guide. Feel free to add or subtract items from the list based on your family’s specific needs and don’t forget to check back next week for more tips on preparing your family to respond.

Convoy of Hope Preparedness Month: Food & Water Checklist (1 of 4)

 

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