Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today

September is National Preparedness Month, so what better time than now to consider what steps you should take in case of an emergency. A recent survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), who also sponsors National Preparedness Month, found that nearly 60 percent of American adults have not practiced what to do in a disaster in the past year. The survey also found that less than 40 percent of adults have an emergency plan in place at their home. Taking the time to develop a plan could keep you and your loved ones out of danger. We’ve compiled a list of essentials that will help you in case of an emergency.

Always Have a Plan

It’s important to not wait until an emergency arises to think about creating a plan. When someone finds themselves in an emergency situation, they may not be able to think clearly enough to gather the things they’ll need. It’s recommended to have a checklist so you can make sure to have all the necessary items in case of an emergency. It’s also good to sit down with your family to make sure they all know exaFirstAidctly what to do during a crisis.

Bottled Water

In the event of an emergency, you may not have access to clean water. Having the supplies to stay well-hydrated is crucial. Bottled water is cheap and easy to stock up on and can be kept in your pantry, laundry room or car without taking up a whole lot of space. You can also include Gatorade, juice, instant coffee, tea or hot chocolate for a variety of options. For more information about water in emergency situations, visit Ready.Gov/Water.

Nonperishable Food

Keeping a supply of nonperishable food and snacks is also essential. A rule of thumb is to have enough food for three days, but can depend on the type of emergency you’re planning for. Some foods that are good in emergency situations include:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Peanut butter
  • Trail mix
  • Crackers
  • Cereal
  • Freeze-dried camping foods
  • Protein bars
  • Baby formula/Pet food (for those that are parents or pet parents)

First Aid Kit

Having an accessible first aid kit in your home is a must. First aid kits can be purchased either online, or at your local pharmacy store. Some people may choose to assemble their own kits with more specific objects. Some items that can be found in first aid kits include:

  • Bandages
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Gauze
  • Gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Instant cold packs
  • Medicine (aspirin, Tylenol, burn gel cold and cough medication)
  • Alcohol wipes

Personal Care Items

If you are forced to quickly leave your home due to an emergency, you will need to pack clothes and other personal hygiene items. The type of clothing you pack will depend on the climate of which you live in and how long you will be away, but you may want to consider storing the following items in an emergency backpack you can grab and go:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Soap
  • Sleeping bags
  • Blankets

Emergency Supply Kit

Along with your nutritional, personal and medical supplies, it would benefit you to have other emergency supplies available as well. You may need access to a flashlight to see at night or to signal for help, or tools to shut off utilities in case of a gas leak. Here are a few other essentials you may want to gather to be better prepared:

Kid’s Safety

Children should be prepared in the event of an emergency if they happen to be home without an adult. It’s recommended that a list of emergency contacts should either be programmed into their phone, or displayed somewhere that is easily accessible to them. If you ever need someone other than immediate family to pick them up from school or look in on them, it’s common to use a family “safe word” so they know it’s someone they can trust. Your kids should also know what room in the house is the safest in the event of severe weather and where to locate the emergency kits in case they are needed.

For More Information

Being prepared in case of an emergency is tremendously important. As well as having a plan of action in place for you and your family, it’s also important to know the things you will need in case of an emergency. For an extensive list of information about how to prepare for an emergency go to Ready.Gov.

Review your Insurance Coverage

While national disasters like floods, blizzards, wildfires, tornadoes, etc. are unavoidable, this may be a good time to review your home insurance policy. If you would like to receive more information about our insurance policies to see what might be right for you, visit our website to learn more.


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