Family Health

Simple Ways You Can Celebrate Preparedness

Sep 22 • 2016

September is National Preparedness Month – are you doing what you can at home to celebrate this month of awareness? Knowing you and your family are properly prepared can give you peace of mind and help reduce panic if an emergency does occur. We’ve outline some simple ways that you can celebrate preparedness in your home.

Be Aware

Depending on where you live, there are different types of emergencies that may be more likely to occur. For example, living near the coast means a higher chance of experiencing a hurricane. By knowing what risks are higher in your area, you’re able to better prepare for any potential issues.

Develop a Supply Kit

Once you’ve determined the biggest risks in your area, put together a disaster supply kit that includes anything you might need in case of an issue. There should be at least a three-day supply of food and water, as well as batteries, maps, and first-aid supplies. Look at this full list of recommended items for help.

Discuss Your Plan

After you’ve put together your supply kit, sit down with your family to discuss a specific plan for cases in which you might need to use it. This includes things like natural disasters, medical emergencies, and even events of violence in your area. Encourage your kids to answer questions and share their feelings openly so they can best understand why being prepared is so important and feel confident about how things will operate if the time comes.

How are you celebrating preparedness in your home this September? Share your tips with us in the comments.