Resolve to Prepare
The New Year is a time when many of us look forward and make resolutions about things we want to accomplish in the coming year. To make a real difference to yourself and your loved ones, resolve to get your household prepared for emergencies.
Families need to plan what they should do if a disaster occurs. They need to know what emergencies are most likely to happen where they live, learn, work and play. Getting prepared is just three short steps away:
1. Get a kit. If you’ve ever fumbled to find a flashlight during a blackout, you know what it feels like to be unprepared. Download our detailed checklist to help assemble a kit of basic survival items that are critical during an emergency, such as:
- One gallon of water per person, per day (a minimum of a three-day supply)
- Supply of nonperishable food (a minimum of a three-day supply)
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit, medications and medical items
- Copies of all important documents (proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Extra cash
2. Make a plan. Talk with household members about what you would do during emergencies. Plan what to do in case you are separated and choose two places to meet – one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire, and another outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate.
- Choose an out-of-area contact person make sure all household members have this person’s phone number and email address. It may be easier to call long distance or text if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service.
- Tell everyone in the household where emergency information and supplies are kept.
- Practice evacuating your home twice a year. Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes on a map in case main roads are unusable.
- Don’t forget to include your pets in your emergency plan! If you must evacuate, have a list of available arrangements for your animals like “pet friendly” hotels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation route.
3. Be informed. Know the risks where you like, work, learn and play.
- Living near the fault line like we do, it is important to learn how to prepare and what to do during an Earthquake.
- It is also important to be prepared for the other emergencies we are prone to living in Orange County like wildfires, flooding, landslides and tsunamis. Learn more about these disasters and how to prepare for them here.
- Find out how you would receive information from local officials in the event of an emergency.
- Learn first aid and CPR/AED so that you have the skills to respond in an emergency before help arrives.