Emergency Preparation - Tis the Season.

Severe storms, power outages, mud slides, flooding, earthquakes, even acts of terrorism are some of the potential emergencies we can expect to encounter.

Imagine... you have no electricity, no gas, no water and no telephone.

Imagine... all the businesses are closed and you are without any emergency services.

What will you do until help arrives?

You know every family needs to organize some basic supplies for unexpected emergency and disaster situations. How is your emergency plans this year?

To help out, I'm going to cover emergency preparation is a series of short posts. We have heard all this a bunch of times, but we can always use a little reminder because we procrastinated and/or forgot about what happened last year.

There is a lot of important details to being prepared, so I'll go over the highlights of each area one (or two) at a time.

Hopefully, you can do a little bit of preparation at a time and soon you'll be the neighborhood expert and your family will be the most prepared.

Ok. VERY BASIC -Step One.

Have the following on hand and let everyone know where it is kept.

First Aid Kit

Extra Water and Canned Goods.

A Good Working Flashlight with fresh batteries.

A battery operated radio, with fresh batteries.

Now let's build a little on this foundation with some of the more common emergencies.

WHAT TO DO IF THE POWER GOES OUT.

Power outages can occur due to rolling blackouts, extreme weather conditions, or can accompany other disasters such as earthquakes. If there is no power in your neighborhood:

• Turn off and unplug appliances and computers. Leave one light on to indicate when the power comes back.

• Avoid using candles... often a fire hazard.

• Do not use a gas stove for heating or operate a generator indoors, even in the garage. These can produce carbon monoxide poisoning.

• If the traffic signal is not working, treat it as a 4 way stop.

WHAT TO DO IF THERE IS A STORM/FLOODING?

Severe storms can cause landslides, flooding, downed trees, downed utility lines.

• Turn your radio to your local AM station that covers emergencies.

• Do not walk through standing water in your house.

• Do not try to drive through a flooded road. If your car is trapped in high water, abandon it. Attempting to move a stalled vehicle in a flood can be fatal.

•I f you have to leave your property, turn off all appliances.

• Do not try to walk through moving water over 6 inches deep. You can trip, get trapped and drown.

• Stay clear of water that is in contact with downed power lines.

• Do not let children play around high water, storm drains or any flooded areas.

Future topics will include: Shelter in Place, Pets, Food, Water, Go Bags, Terror Prep, fires, children protection, and more.

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