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                                Preparing for Life's Little Emergencies

Did you know September is National Preparedness Month?  Life throws us curveballs from time to time and how you respond in an emergency can make a world of difference.  Read here for tips on how to be better prepared whether it’s an emergency at your child’s school, a weather-related event, or even a car accident that leaves you unable to get home.  

 

If you were to get in a car accident on your way home from work, take a couple steps to make sure your family members are aware of your situation quickly and know what to do to stay safe until you’re able to get home again.  One way to do this is to program a contact into your cell phone with the initials of ICE for In Case of Emergency, and this number should be programmed for the first person you want called by emergency responders if you can’t speak for yourself. Make sure you’ve discussed with your kids who they can call, or a safe place they can go, if you don’t make it home on time and they can’t reach you. 


If you have an athlete or two in the family like I do, consider buying them a Road ID shoe tag or bracelet.  They don’t want to be dragged down by carrying a lot of stuff, but if they crash on their bike or have a medical emergency while running, first responders or anyone nearby will know who to reach. 


Other phone numbers it’s helpful to program into your cell phone, blackberry, or droid are your insurance agent, child’s pediatrician, and your health clinic’s emergency help line.  This last one is especially helpful if it’s the middle of the night and you or a family member are having a medical problem and you need to reach someone quickly. 
  

When my son’s high school went into an emergency lockdown, I was at a loss for what was involved in a lockdown and what I should or should not do as a parent. Ask your child's school for a copy of their emergency plan for you to keep at home or work so you have it handy for reference.

This year there have been a record number of natural disasters all around the world.  I know you know it, but very few of us have taken the time to do a household inventory in the event our home were damaged or destroyed in a disaster.  There are some great resources on the web that allow you to download software that can more easily be updated than paper-based inventories.  At the very least, spend an hour with your video or digital camera walking around the house to document each of your rooms and the type of items you have of value. 

Often while I’m working with clients we’ll find passports or social security cards or birth certificates in a file drawer or a mailing envelope in the shoe box at the back of a closet.  People often decide it’s too inconvenient to go back and forth to a safety deposit box for their important documents so they just put them anywhere that’s handy at the moment.  It’s so easy to find a home fire safe in any size you need, and will be well worth the time you save trying to get a new copy of those documents if something happens to your home. 

If you decide to assemble a few days worth of emergency supplies in your basement, don’t forget to include at least a three-day supply of food and water for pets. Another item often forgotten is a few days supply of your current prescription medications.

Ready.gov has a huge amount of information and checklists available for families so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel yourself.   Ready.gov also suggests using text messaging during a local emergency because text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.

Commit a weekend this fall to updating telephone numbers, buying emergency supplies and reviewing your emergency plan with everyone.  Call me if you’d like to schedule an appointment to help you prepare!