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How to Prepare Your Family for a National Emergency

Natural disasters and emergencies can happen quickly with very little warning. Though no one likes to think about the possibility of a disaster or an emergency, it’s critical to always be prepared for one. Preparing your family can not only decrease the anxiety that children feel during an emergency but can also help save the lives of your family members and neighbors. Prepare your family today with these tips.

Develop a Plan

Sit down as a family and talk about various emergencies and disasters that could affect your family. Develop a plan together for staying safe during an emergency by mapping out where the emergency supply kit is located, keeping batteries in flashlights and drawing out a map of where to meet should a fire or earthquake occur.

Make an Emergency Notebook

An emergency notebook should have copies of vital information, which should include birth certificates, social security cards, driver’s licenses, health insurance cards, passports, marriage licenses, mortgage information, car titles and a small amount of cash. Store the notebook in a safe, accessible location in order to be able to grab it easily during an emergency. Having these items on hand can help prove your identity and help with any emergency medical care.

Invest in Solar Power

When hurricanes and other natural disasters occur, the power can remain out for weeks. Some companies, like Renogy, realize that investing before a national emergency in a quality solar panel kit can ensure your family has a readily available power supply even if the power is down. Solar panels will allow your family to be able to keep food fresh in the refrigerator, provide light in order to be able to safely see without the use of flashlights or candles, provide a way to cook food and help keep your family warm with the heater should the emergency happen during the cold winter months.

Store Plenty of Water

The Department of Homeland Security recommends that at least one gallon of water should be stored be per person per day for at least three days in order to prepare for an emergency. Store the water in a cool, dry location.

Stock Up on Shelf-Stable Food

Canned, freeze-dried and other non-perishable food should be stocked up on before disaster strikes. Periodically check the food to ensure that it isn’t past its expiration date and keep a manual can opener nearby in order to easily open the food during the emergency.

Preparing for a national emergency will give you and your loved ones the peace of mind that should disaster strike, you are able to care for your family and keep them safe. Getting everyone involved will help everyone feel confident and calm during a disaster.

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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