5 Tips to Conduct Your Emergency Preparedness Inventory

Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Volcanic eruptions. Swarms of crop-killing pests.

Yes, these disasters do occasionally pop up as our friends on the East Coast know all too well. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history, we have all been reminded that it’s important to be ready for disaster. However, advocates (like all of us at Food Insurance) for emergency preparedness preach readiness in times of smaller emergencies. Continue reading “5 Tips to Conduct Your Emergency Preparedness Inventory”

Why A Family Emergency Plan is Essential

There’s one thing more frightening than all natural disasters and unexpected events combined—the belief that none of them will happen to you.

While there’s no need for excessive alarm, today’s reality is that natural disasters can and do happen with increasing regularity. In 2012 alone the United States was victim to 112 natural disasters that spanned 40 out of the 50 States. In 2011 there were more than double that number: 242 total FEMA disaster declarations with nearly 100 of those being classified as “major disasters” (think Hurricane Sandy). And not to keep the bad news ball rolling or anything, but unexpected events, like car accidents, job loss, home damages, etc., can happen to the best of us—often times, when we least expect it. Here’s why having a family emergency plan is crucial: Continue reading “Why A Family Emergency Plan is Essential”

Sanitation Items Checklist

When planning for an emergency, you are going to want to think about sanitation. Without proper sanitation, you and your family can get seriously ill – especially young children and the elderly. It would be dangerous to the point of life-threatening to drink water in certain emergencies where it could have been contaminated. Not being able to wash hands or bodies causes illness, sores on your body, and other ailments that will only contribute to your emergency situation being miserable. Here are a few things you’re going to want plenty of when an emergency strikes.

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Communicating During an Emergency

An important part of all emergency preparedness is communication. When a natural disaster strikes, your first instinct will be to call family and friends to check on their whereabouts and condition. If the calamity occurs while you are at work, it may even be necessary to contact your children at school or spouse where he or she is. If someone is injured, you will need a way to contact emergency personnel. You will also want someway of finding out updates – if your power is out, you’ll need to figure out what caused it and for how long. It is absolutely necessary to think about all types of emergencies and how you will communicate with others, and to especially plan for what you will do if you can’t use your normal forms of communication.

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Putting Together an Emergency Binder

Emergency situations can completely cut you off from all of the resources that you rely on every day. When the power goes out, you will not be able to look up first aid instructions or recipes to cook on the internet. If your phone is dead, you will not have the important phone numbers you need to contact emergency numbers, family, or friends. Vital information about your family members, your material goods, your insurance policies, and more can be completely inaccessible.

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