Since giving birth to Some Boy, I've been a little more…cautious. “I'm not paranoid,” I say, “I'm picky. Prepared. Practical.” When the northern San Diego fires lapped at homes surrounding my in-laws a few years ago, I started thinking about safety. Then, the whole west coast had that tsunami scare after the big earthquake in Japan. When the Great San Diego Blackout hit us a couple months ago, I decided it was time to work on our preparation in the event of a real disaster. Here are some first steps for other families interested in health preparedness.
Agree on a meeting place. If communication lines go out, your don't want your family scattered all over the place. Communicate with family members about where to go, and let children know if you want them to stay put until you come get them.
Consider personal risk factors. Keep extra inhalers on-hand if someone in the family suffers from severe asthma, and store a week supply of all medications. If you have family members with severe, life-threatening medical conditions, you may want to consider investing in a Medical Alert program or a senior medical alarm.
Power up. It's a good idea to invest in a generator to keep power going to things like space heaters and food preparation utilities.
Stock it. Create a dedicated emergency kit filled with water, canned food items, a can opener, first aid supplies, etc. Emergency blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, multipurpose tools, cash and duct tape will also come in handy.
Involve children in preparation so that they feel prepared and so that they understand what to do. This will help them focus on the task at hand if they need to assist the family in a disaster situation.
This post is sponsored by Home Security Store. All opinions are my own.