Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
Some natural disasters can be forecast — hurricanes, snow storms and, in some cases, flooding. Other disasters occur without warning, such as tornadoes and the massive 7.9 earthquake in Alaska yesterday. It’s a good idea to prepare for an unexpected emergency and every home should maintain a ready, working emergency kit for such a time.
Here are some items to include in your home’s emergency kit :
- Waterproof Container : Store items in a locking, plastic container
- Battery-Powered Radio : A small radio can receive weather updates and emergency broadcasts. Pack extra batteries, or use a hand-crank radio, instead.
- Light Source : Pack multiple flashlights and many spare batteries. LED flashlights are more expensive than “older” flashlights, but won’t lose battery power as quickly. Pack candles and matches, as well.
- Water : Pack bottled water, storing larger bottles in a cool, separate place. Add several bottles of sport drink for variety, if desired.
- Food : Pack non-perishable food such as canned fruits and vegetables; protein sources such as peanut butter or canned tuna; crackers and cookies; nuts and dried fruits. Remember to pack a can-opener, if needed. Include plastic utensils, if necessary.
- Blankets : At least two blankets should be packed. Consider packing multiple sets of clothes, for different temperatures and seasons.
- First-Aid Kit : A proper first-aid kit should include antiseptic, bandages, aspirin, an ace bandage, and allergy medicine for allergic reactions.
- Emergency Contact List : Include a list of your local utility companies; phone numbers at which to contact friends and loved ones; and, your primary care physician’s number.
After packing your emergency kit, make sure to store it in an easy-to-reach location away from power lines, power sources, and any place that may be “extra dangerous” during a crisis. For example, storing an emergency kit in a garage or a shed may be safer than storing it in a basement or in a bedroom closet.
We don’t have many of these types of situations in LoCo, but there have been a few. Whether it’s losing power for a couple days due to ice storms, flash flooding, or a random tornado, a little bit of preparation can go a long way. Be ready and be safe.
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Michael and Heather Elias are full time real estate professionals and licensed REALTORS at Century 21 Redwood Realty. They sincerely hope you enjoy reading this blog, and would love the opportunity to work with you.