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September is National Disaster Preparedness Month! Are you ready?

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Disaster_Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month! Would you be ready if there were an emergency? How do you reach your kids at school? What items do you grab from your house? What goes in a disaster kit? These are all questions we need to be able to answer in the event of a natural disaster.
While it is not something we like to think about, taking a few minutes to be prepared for that ‘just in case’ moment can well be worth your time and a way to protect your family. We have all heard stories of people that have had to pick up on a moment’s notice because of fires, floods, explosions, earthquakes and other disasters. I have wondered myself what I would do and how I would handle such a scenario; I have talked to people who have been in that immediate situation of scrambling to gather important papers and family heirlooms and they have said that trying to decide what to take in a moment of crisis is beyond overwhelming.

Our family made a plan last year! I went online and filled out an Emergency Family Contact List for my family. I sent a copy to each of my children as a PDF and had them save it on their phones/iPods to iBooks so they can access it at any time. We all then created an “ICE” contact on our phones and put a lot of our emergency information under the notes section.

Preparedness is a shared responsibility. Each of us can contribute in our community by taking action and making a plan for our families! Make it a priority to GET A KIT! MAKE A PLAN! BE INFORMED!

In addition to the basic emergency kits that include survival items, families need to put kid-friendly supplies and plans on the list.

  • ESSENTIALS: flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, dust masks, multi-purpose tool, sanitation, extra cash, cell phone charger and copies of personal documents.
  • COMFORT ITEMS: stuffed animal, doll, pacifier, blankets
  • HYGIENE: baby wipes, feminine products, diapers, nursing pads
  • CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: books, puzzles, games
  • FOOD & INFANT NUTRITION: Water, 3 day supply of non-perishable food, nursing supplies, formula, pre-packaged baby food
  • MEDICAL NEEDS: 7-day supply of medications, infant/child fever reducer, rash ointment
  • FAMILY MEET-UP & CONTACT LIST: Pick a safe spot to meet if separated (school, library, etc).
  • OUT OF TOWNER CONTACT: A family/friend contact who would not be affected by a local disaster
  • ICE: Cell phones should have “ICE” (your In Case of Emergency contact) programmed into contact list. Text messages can often get through, even when a phone call can’t.

PERSONALIZED FAMILY PLANS…

 

MORE RESOURCES…

  • COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA Resources >>
  • AWARE & PREPARE is a community partnership to strengthen Emergency Disaster Readiness.
  • CERT [Community Emergency Response Team] training program prepares community members to take a more active role in emergency preparedness. Participants are trained to serve as part of neighborhood or workplace response teams in the event of a major disaster, when emergency services may not be available and when residents may have to rely on each other for life-saving and life-sustaining needs. CAER [Community Awareness and Emergency Response]
  • YMCA offers Babysitting Training Courses and CPR.
  • SAFETY MATTERS offers Babysitting Training Courses and CPR.
  • AMERICAN RED CROSS offers CPR and First Aid Courses.

 

September 15, 2015

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