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How To Plan For An Unexpected Emergency

We never know when disaster may strike and it’s important that you have a plan in place if the worse should happen. It doesn’t matter if you’re preparing for a hurricane, flood, city wide power cut, a blizzard or even a powerful thunderstorm it’s critical that everyone understands what’s going on and your family has a safe place with Food, shelter and warm to wait out the worst of it.

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Stock Up On Food, Water And Essentials

Once an Emergency alert has been announced the first thing many people will do is head to the local store to buy plenty of food and water. To avoid being faced with rows of empty shelves or having to buy water at a marked up price buy goods now and hide them away a little at a time. Look for tinned, canned and dried foods with long expiry dates, nonperishable items as well as cases of bottled water. It’s also a superb idea to have toilet paper, toiletries; a stocked first aid kit, bin bags, matches, lighters, and batteries just in case as well as a spare can of fuel ready if needed in the garage.

Buy A Portable Generator For Power Cuts

It’s going to cause a bit of an issue if one minute you’re eating dinner and the next you’re plunged into darkness. Keep candles and torches close by, check them regularly, so that you know where to find one if necessary. If you live in a remote area where power cuts tend to last for hours than minutes then in may be worth you buying a quality diesel generator. They’re capable of running your household for hours or even days and come in three power classes, feature remote start systems and have noise reducers built in.

Create A Family Emergency Plan

It sounds much grander than it actually is but a family emergency plan ensures that each member knows what to do, where to be and who to contact in an emergency. The plan should list the number of entrances and exits from your house, how to quickly switch off the utilities and where to meet if you need to evacuate. Don’t forget to write down supplies you’ll need for your pets, any radio frequencies that may be used during a disaster and the numbers of your doctor, dentist, local hospital as well as who will collect the children from school and bring them home.

Have ‘Bug Out’ Bags To Hand

Everyone should have a bug out, or Emergency Bag that’s packed, ready to go and in a convenient place at all times in case you have five minutes or less to leave the property.  A good emergency bag contains daily items i.e. contacts, glasses, and any medication as well as spare house and car keys and extra debit or credit cards. The bag also needs to have in it a first aid kit, water, and snacks as well as enough food for three days worth of meals plus antibacterial wipes. You should also add in spare clothing; battery operated radios and torches as well as more toiletries as you never know where you’ll end up going.

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