Regardless of the time of year, if you turn on the news, it seems as if a natural disaster is happening somewhere in the world. Be it a tornado, fire, hurricane, tsunami, or earthquake; statistics show that natural disasters are becoming more and more common. Combine this with the risk of terrorist attacks and cyber attacks, and being prepared for an emergency is more important than ever before. If you don’t already have an emergency preparedness plan in place, here are some elements to consider–
The first thing that you should do is to identify likely or possible emergency events in your area – this will help you to know how to prepare. For example, hurricanes and tsunamis aren’t possible in Indiana or Illinois, but flooding, tornados, fires, and power outages due to other events all are.
The next thing that you should do is to outline the responsibilities of each family member. Younger children may only have the responsibility of taking cover and then getting to the family meeting spot quickly; older children and parents may be responsible for grabbing emergency radios, accessing the emergency preparedness kit, or ensuring that everyone gets out of the house safely. Talk to your children about when to take cover (earthquake) vs. when to leave home (fire), as well as what to grab and what to leave behind. It’s also smart to assign a safe, designated meeting place that everyone is familiar with and can remember. This is especially important if communication lines are down and cellphones are not working.
It’s important to have an emergency preparedness kit packed and ready to go in the event of an emergency. At the very least, the kit should include non-perishable food items, enough water for everyone in the family, flashlights, an emergency radio, prescription medications, and a first aid kit.
It’s also a smart idea to invest in a home standby generator. A standby generator can provide emergency backup power if there’s a blackout. In addition to automatically kicking on and providing energy to things like the refrigerator and charging stations, these generators can also be essential if anyone in the family relies on power-dependent medical devices.
To learn more about standby generators and how a generator can be an important part of your emergency preparedness plan, please call us today for information you can trust. We specialize in generator installation and repair for both home and commercial business owners.
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