Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday #4- Prepare For An Emergency

What Matters Most?

  • 800 tornadoes are reported annually.
  • The average path of a twister is 660 feet wide and up to 50 miles long.
  • 39 states are considered at risk of an earthquake.
  • 46% of disaster deaths occur due to floods.
  • Because of contamination, clean water is harder to find than food after a flood.
  • A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when the speed of its winds reaches 74 MPH.
  • September 11, 2001 will always be a reminder of the reality of terrorist attacks and the damage they can cause.
Take action today!
  1. Develop a family communication plan by selecting a person outside your local area for everyone to call in case of an emergency.
  2. Ensure every member of your family knows the phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card for calling the emergency contact. Cell phones often get jammed due to high call volume during disasters.
  3. Designate a primary and secondary meeting location.
  4. Create an emergency supply kit with a 3-day supply of basic items. Check and rotate supplies every 6 months. Include items such as:
- fresh water
- food
- first aid
- towelettes
- garbage bags
- a flashlight with extra batteries
- local maps
- a whistle
- dust masks
- tools
- a can opener
- cash

You matter!

Disasters are never planned, but they will happen. They are inevitable. Being prepared is the only thing you can do . Having proper supplies and a well-thought-out plan can make the difference in your survival. Readiness will also reduce fear, anxiety, and potential losses.

Prepare today...for any kind of tomorrow!

(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)

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