Have an Emergency Game Plan

Emergency game plan

For some parts of the country, it’s hurricanes. For others, it may be mudslides, snow storms or tornadoes. No matter what weather might come your way, the question is:

What can I do to keep my family safe?

The best, easiest thing that you can be is prepared. That means putting together an action plan, now, before something happens.

A little planning goes a long way:


  • Build an emergency kit: If you must leave, plan on a gallon of water per person, per day, for three days, plus a three-day supply of food that won’t spoil, and a can opener. (You’ll need a two-week supply if staying home.) Pack a battery or crank-powered radio, and a flashlight with extra batteries. Add a first aid kit, plus pain pills, like aspirin, and any doctor-prescribed medications that you currently take or might need. Include a whistle that you can blow for help, a dust mask, pre-moistened wipes and garbage bags. You’ll also want a wrench or pliers to turn off electricity and water. Pack local maps, plus cell phone chargers.


  • Make a list: Jot down names, emails, plus cell and home numbers for everybody in your group. List key health info (allergies, meds, etc.). Make sure everybody knows how to text! It’s a good option if cell calls can’t get through.


  • Know where to go: Decide on a local meeting place, a place to meet further away, and the final place that’s out of the “danger” zone. Talk about what you’ll do and where you’ll go ahead of time.


  • Kids and pets: Teach kids how and when to call 911 for help. Talk to your vet about how best to keep your pets safe. A safety kit could include a carrier, leashes, food and water bowls, dry or canned food and water, towels, and plastic baggies to throw away waste. Take a picture of you and your pet in case you get separated.


Store it safely – out of the reach of kids or pets. Make sure medications do not need to stay cold. Spot-check kits every three months for items that have gone past their “best by” date. Have 911, the 24/7 U.S. Poison Control (1-800-222-1222), plus doctor and family numbers handy, too.  Take a Red Cross first aid course – There’s nothing like being ready!


By Lisa Miceli Feliciano

©2016 TransFormations. All rights reserved. Sources include: www.cdc.gov, www.ready.gov, and www.redcross.org.




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