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Thursday, June 5, 2008

How to Eat an Elephant - Emergency Preparedness

Here is a list of things to do little by little, month by month, to help you become more prepared for an emergency.

Emergency Preparedness
January
Take first-aid & CPR training.
Post emergency #s by phones.
February
Update first aid kit and have extra medicines purchased.
March
Obtain flashlights, batteries, transistor radio (or check existing).
April
Create a family plan in case of disaster (where to gather, where 72-hr kits are, emergency phone #s, etc.) Explain & practice in family home evening.
May
Purchase fire extinguisher & learn how to use. Check smoke detectors. Also collect kerosene lamp, fuel, & matches.
June
Create a car emergency kit including first aid supplies, coins/cash, flashlight, blanket, water, & food.
July
Anticipate what kids might need to cope with disaster. Add to 72-hr kit.
August
Gather important personal items (birth certificates, photos, videos) and place in safe deposit box or other secure location away from home.
September
Gather clothing, bedding, first aid kit, flashlights, batteries, radio, food & water in 72-hr kit you can grab & run.
October
Educate yourself by reading a book or article on disaster preparedness.
November
Learn/review how to turn off electricity, water, & gas. Put crowbar, wrench, & shovel in 72-hr kit.
December
Relax and enjoy peace of mind this Christmas!

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