You and your family could be anywhere when an emergency could occur; at home, school, or work. But would you all know what to do if an emergency situation did happen? My brother is the king of emergency preparedness. He has an impressive ability to prepare for unforeseen emergencies. As the old saying goes, if you don’t make a plan, then you plan to fail. So it is important to talk to your children, in an age appropriate, not scary way, so that you are all more confident that you have an idea of what to do in an emergency. If you’ve ever been in an emergency situation, then you’ll know just how much rational thinking goes out of the window. So here are some ways that you can all prepare for an emergency situation.
Practice an Escape
If you’re at home and your fire alarm went off in the middle of the night, then would you know what to do and where to go? Talk through some possible scenarios and practice through what you would do. Talk to your children about keeping low to the ground and covering their mouth if there is smoke. Have a point outside or a room where you will always meet if there is an emergency.
Prepare an Emergency Bag
If something like a fire did happen and you couldn’t return to your home for a while, then what can you do to make sure you have got everything that you need? Prepare yourselves an emergency bag to take with you with all of the things that you need. A list of phone numbers, like family, friends, the doctor, an emergency dentist, and children’s school numbers is a good idea. Have it written down in a notebook, as you can’t always rely on cell phones working and keeping their battery. You should put in some food, water, cash, and things like torches, medication, and other things that your family might need (think diapers and wipes if you have a baby).
Create Food Storage
If you weren’t able to get to a store for a couple of days, then how long could you all survive on the food that you have in the house right now? Many families don’t have food storage, but it can be really vital. Even in the case of losing a job or not getting paid on time can be easier to endure if you don’t have to stress about feeding your family for a month. So start today to create food storage. Get tinned goods, dried foods like pasta and rice, and things like flour, wheat, and cereals. Filling a cupboard under the stairs could be all that you need to get by, and something is better than nothing.
Floods and fires can wreak havoc on your home, but they aren’t as likely to happen to you as financial disasters are. You could lose a job or a car could get written off, and then you’re left needing to pay for things with very little money to do so. Which is why having an emergency or rainy day fund is really key for the things that can cost a lot.