Emergency Preparedness Are You Ready for a Disaster?

Emergency Preparedness Are You Ready for a Disaster?

My family thinks I’m crazy. They make faces at me when I give them a 1st Aid kit, One-Way CPR mask, flashlight, wool blanket or set of emergency reflectors for the trunk of their car for a birthday gift or stocking stuffer. I’ve even been called a “prepper!”

However, having worked in the field as a Paramedic and Trauma Flight Nurse, I’ve seen the difference that training, planning and the proper equipment can make to assure the best possible outcome for the victim(s) of an emergency.

Promise me……you put it off for another day! Cindy Tait, Training Specialist - Center for Healthcare Education.

The National Safety Council recommends the following general precautions that apply to many disaster situations:

  • Make sure to have a family communication planin place; all members of the family should review and practice the plan
  • Have all family members' and other important phone numbers written down or memorized
  • Have an emergency kit in your carand at least three days of food and water at home
  • Be sure to store all important documents – birth certificates, insurance policies, etc. – in a fire-proof safe or safety deposit box
  • Assign one family member the responsibility of learning first aid and CPR
  • Know how to shut off utilities

The National Safety Council offers safety tips specific to each of the following emergencies: