Get Ready for Disaster with National Preparedness Month
As we saw with the wildfires earlier this year, disaster can strike at any time. That’s why it’s important to be prepared. Take advantage of National Preparedness Month to get yourself and your family ready for disaster. Three simple actions you can take include building a disaster kit, being informed and making an emergency plan.
Build a Disaster Kit
The American Red Cross recommends keeping a pre-organized, easy-to-carry kit that includes water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, batteries, first-aid kit, sanitation items, copies of personal documents, a blanket and extra cash. For a more detailed list on what you should have ready in case of emergency, visit the ARC’s website.
Ace Hardware is supporting the American Red Cross of San Diego’s Prepare San Diego initiative to help San Diego get ready for disaster. Through September 30, 11 San Diego-area Ace’s are offering specially priced items to help people start building their emergency kits, including flashlights, batteries, emergency blankets, first-aid kits.
In San Diego, we’re most likely to face disasters such as earthquakes, fires, heat waves and landslides. Being informed means knowing the possibilities and knowing how to stay notified during disaster. It’s also a good idea for at least one person in the family to be trained in first aid and CPR. The Red Cross offers training courses for life-saving skills.
Make a Plan
Before disaster strikes, make sure your family knows what to do. That way, whether you’re together or apart when the emergency happens, you’ll all be able to connect to get through it together and make sure everyone is safe. Hold a family meeting to pre-determine a meeting point outside of the home should you be separated during a disaster. You should also determine a plan of evacuation should you need to leave your home, including where you would go, preparing your pets, and your disaster kit. You can view the Red Cross’s full disaster plan recommendations here.
At The Home Pro Show, we want you and your family to stay safe. Get ready for disaster with National Preparedness Month!