Emergency Preparedness

Hurricane season has already begun! Ever since Katrina and New Orleans five years ago, we are all on alert for the worst.  Our family is vigilant about hurricanes due to Ike as well.  We were without power for 14 days!

With this in mind, here is our family preparedness check list.  Not sure where to start? I suggest baby steps!  Organize your papers first in a fireproof safe. Make a plan depending on whether you are staying or going.  Take it step by step to be ready. 

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Prepare and check when daylight savings time begins and ends!

Communicate your family plan to another family friend or relative.

For paper documents, place originals in safe or safe deposit box and carry copies with you.

Social Security cards   Bottled water ( 1 gal per day per person)  
Insurance policies (Life, Home, Auto, and Flood)   Snacks  
Passports   Travel food  
Drivers License   Ice  
Immunization records   Paper towels  
Medical records   Toilet paper  
Medication   Hand sanitizer  
Birth certificates   Candles  
Checkbooks   Garbage bags  
Credit cards   Tool kit  
Debit cards   First Aid Kit  
Will   Safe deposit box list and keys  
Legal documents   Tarp  
Valuables (jewelry and keepsakes)   Matches  
Computer back up/ thumb drive   Rope  
Cash ($500 suggested minimum)   Old quilts and blankets  
Photos   Pet supplies  
Family phone book   Kids: Card and board games  
Tax copies   Battery operated TV  
Document carrier or safe   Battery operated radio  
Batteries   Walkie talkies  
Flashlights   Flips flops/extra shoes  
Duct tape   Video camera & tapes of home  
Propane tanks filled   Cooler  
Cars filled up   Can Opener  
Gas in cans      
Cell phones and chargers      

 Here are some amazing websites for preparedness too!




One Response to “Emergency Preparedness”

  1. Amy says:

    Hi Ellen,

    What a great post and so timely too. I especially liked that you first prioritized putting your documents in a fire proof box. Sometimes that can be the most important step.

    Please let your readers know that if they are looking to get prepared quickly and easily, they can find ready-made emergency kits, free emergency preparedness plans for family and pets and a resource libarary at my store: Ready Set Go Kits (http://www.readysetgokits.com).

    Also, Ellen, I’d love to hear more about your experience during Hurricane Ike, would you be interested in granting an interview for my blog? http://www.readysetgokitsblog.com

    Many thanks,

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