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4 Tips For Making Sure Your Family Is Safe In Case Of An Emergency

When an emergency strikes, you want to make sure your family is as safe as possible. One of the things that you can do is to create a disaster plan with details that are specific to each type of disaster. You would want the family to do something different in the event of a fire compared to an ice storm. Post the plan in a location where all family members can see it on a regular basis so that it’s memorized.

Contact List

One of the things that you want to have in the home is a contact list of everyone in the family and close friends who you know. If someone isn’t at home when the disaster happens, then you will have a number to call to locate the person. You should also give the people on the list a warning that if there’s an emergency, they will be contacted.

Electrical Devices

If the power goes out, you want to make sure that you have plenty of batteries and that all of your phones and other devices are charged. Companies like TYLT have chargers that you can get to keep in the car as you can use the power source in the vehicle to charge your phone if needed. Other devices that you want to keep charged include a radio so that you can hear news updates and even a small television that runs off of battery power, giving you a way to see maps and other information about the emergency.


Keep your car full of gas at all times if possible. If you hear of severe weather approaching the area, consider getting a container with gasoline to have on hand in case you can’t make it to the gas station. Also, check the tire pressure, battery and other components of the car to see that they are in proper working condition.

Making A Kit

Before disaster strikes, you need to make a kit with copies of important papers, such as insurance documents, along with food and water. A gallon of water a day per person is usually enough. Keep foods that are easy to open and that can be eaten without being heated and that don’t need to be refrigerated.

Your family will likely know some of the things to do in the event of an emergency. However, it’s best to go over a plan with them, especially younger children, so that everyone is safe. From food to gas for the car, keep supplies on hand so that you can survive for at least a few days after an emergency.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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