Emergency Preparedness Tips from NEW Health

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by Mary Wright, RN, health educator at North End Waterfront Health

June is “Safety Month”. It’s a good time to review or make a safety plan.

Everyone should have an emergency family plan. A plan is needed for all emergencies, not just for a terrorism emergency. You should also be prepared for weather emergencies such as hurricanes or blizzards, and emergencies related to loss of power or water.

Every family should have a plan that is specific to the needs of your family. Once you have a plan be sure to follow it.

Your family plan should include the following:

  • Establish a family meeting place.
  • Have all emergency phone numbers (fire, police, doctor, hospital) in your phone.
  • Have a family emergency contact person. This can be out of town person because they may be easier to reach than someone closer to the emergency.
  • Have all of your important documents together in a waterproof, portable container. These documents should include birth certificates for all family members, passports, social security and insurance cards, bank, and housing documents.
  • Have a family emergency kit. This should include first aid supplies and all of your family’s medications. You will need to have a supply kit ready that should include infant formula, water, and non-perishable food for 5 days. You should have a flashlight with extra batteries and a battery powered radio.
  • Remember that the family car should have a full tank of gas, a flashlight, and emergency flares. It is also a good idea to keep the car stocked with water and snacks. In the winter, keep blankets in the car.
  • Don’t forget about your pets.

Plan to commit a weekend to updating telephone numbers, buying emergency supplies, and reviewing your emergency plan with everyone involved.

For more information go to: Ready.gov.

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