Individual and Family PreparednessHere are a few important steps for individuals and families to take now. Donít put them off until an easier time — these things simple and can make a huge difference in the case of a major or minor emergency.
1. Create an ICE: In-Case-of-Emergency list
- This list includes important instructions and contact information.
- Here is a Microsoft Word template to help you get started.
Emergency Services Template; ICE Template
2. Create a Short-List-of-Important-DocumentsMake copies of these and other important documents. Place them in an easy-to-grab envelope.
- ID of each family member: drivers license, SS card, passport.
- Proof of assets and resources: bank statements, deeds
- Proof of residency: Mortgage, utility bill.
- Proof of current income: pay stub, tax return, W-2.
3. Have Shelter-in supplies in your homeRecommended items:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
4. Pack a Ready-go-Bag
Break it apartThis can feel like a big job so break it apart and organize your emergency plan with other family members, friends or neighbors. If you would like to talk with someone about getting started, feel free to contact Anne Harvell who is listed in the church directory.
Plan for yourself. Plan with your family. Help relatives or friends on their journey of preparedness. Ten minutes a day, once a week, or a weekend retreat with planning as the focus (in between hikes).
A Little PerspectiveOur grandparents were very self sufficient, i.e., prepared. They often lived miles from help and there was no 911. Remember grandmotherís root and canning cellar. Remember all the things grandfather could fix? They were much more ready for whatever came their way. Our generation for the most part is much less self sufficient.
Why prepare for an emergency or disaster?Because they happen. Pans catch fire in the kitchen, water mains break, tornados touch the ground, heavy rains cause floods, and gas lines break.
Being prepared helps adults and children stay calm so that clear thinking can guide actions.