Defense Strategies

Natural disasters across the country or on the other side of the world may give you reason to think about your own susceptibility. Properly prepare for an emergency in the event Mother Nature’s wrath hits closer to home.

Stock up: Ready America recommends creating an emergency kit, which should include…

  • First–aid supplies such as sterile gloves, bandages, antibiotic ointments, and any prescription medicines or items pertinent to your family members like insulin and inhalers
  • 1 gallon of drinking water a day/person for at least 3 days
  • 3 days worth of nonperishable food and a can opener
  • Battery–powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries
  • Dust masks
  • Cell phone charger or batteries
  • A whistle
  • A wrench to turn off utilities
  • Local maps
  • Matches or lighter
  • Garbage bags and hand sanitizers
  • Infant diapers and formula; feminine products.

Develop a plan: Decide what you’ll do as a family if you’re forced to evacuate and if you’re trapped at home. Determine an out–of–town contact and make sure everyone knows the number and how to send a text message, since they sometimes bypass network disruptions.

Be informed: Stay current on emergency scenarios relevant to your area. Subscribe to local alert services that update you on both natural and manmade threats.

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