Safety and Emergency Preparedness in the New Year

Each year it seems we all rotate the same resolutions in order to achieve a longer life: eat healthier, exercise more or quit a bad habit. All of these changes are controllable throughout the whole year, but what about unexpected events that can threaten your life? Unfortunately many people don’t think about emergency preparedness until they hear about a disaster that has happened somewhere else.

What if the disaster hits closer to home? Are you and your family prepared? Do you have an emergency plan? 

Instead of recycling those usual and tired resolutions, this year make a resolution for you and your family to be safe. 

Step one – Check the batteries in your smoke detector.


Step two – Check your first aid kits. Take a look and see if any products are expired and need to be replaced. If you don’t have a first aid kit we recommend our Emergency First Aid Kit 

Step three – Check your emergency preparedness kit and update your emergency plan/contacts if needed. If you use bottles of water they have to be replaced yearly. Emergency Food Ration Bars and Emergency Sterile Water Packets last longer (5 years). Double check your contact lists to make sure it is up to date with current information and remind your family about the emergency plan you put in place. If you don’t have an emergency plan there are many sources on the internet. These days we find ourselves working and running errands at all hours of the day so the chances of your family being split up when a disaster hits are larger. Make sure you set a meeting point.

 

That’s all there is to it! Although, there are a few extra steps you could take to make sure those around you are safe as well. Ask the human resources team if your workplace has an emergency plan as well as emergency kits. If you are on the safety committee make a point to bring it up at the next meeting and set up an emergency plan for your work place.

Check out some of our other articles this year to further your New Year's Preparedness:

Winning Tactics for Your Vehicle Emergency "Go Bag"

The Golden Document Every Household Needs

Make Your Emergency Communication Plan a Reality

Take Action and Join Together to Prepare Through Service

 

Sources: Emergency Response Technologies

 


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