How truly prepared are you for an emergency? Sure,there are different types and even different levels of an emergency. A disaster, such as flooding (#1 natural disaster risk for Michiganders) or a tornado require the forethought to prep ahead. A sudden emergency because the amateur Lumberjack just cut into their own leg with a chainsaw, doesn’t allow for much more than “Call 9-1-1!” or quick drive to the ER. The point is, there are really simple steps you can take that will assist when any emergency situation arises.
A very important part during any emergency is information. First responders can do their jobs best when they have as much information as possible upon arrival. Smart911.com will help provide some of that exact service. FREE. To create a profile, it can be as simple as your name, phone number, and address. However, it also allows users the option to add other important information like medications, emergency contacts, and much more which may be helpful. Any additional information you provide will be available to the 911 operator and first responders. Additional info added, such as being a wheelchair user, use a ventilator, deafness, or being diabetic can save precious time. You can add others in the same residence to your profile as well, even info on your fur babies. If you get disconnected from them or something happens, they will still have all that info even if you didn’t get a chance to tell them. If you download the app, the GPS locator follows you wherever you go along with your entire profile. Country wide.
Aside from preparing by signing up with Smart911, check for information about any community disaster plans or possible assistance available from police, fire, or transportation services. Some communities register people with disabilities in advance. If you are utility dependent make sure the utility company knows you have a disability.
Prepare your “go bag” in case of an evacuation, as well as a stash of emergency supplies capable of sustaining you for a few days. The thought of preparing all your needs in an area for an emergency can be overwhelming and stressful. What really should go in that “go bag” you ask? Well that depends on the individual and situation, but there are some basics that will be handy no matter the situation. Items without expirations like cash, batteries, radios, along with a written list of contacts and current medications should be set into the bag and stored in an easily located and accessible spot so you can add supplies or grab and go. Hence why it’s called your “go bag”.
I know it is daunting to think about these scenarios and all their “What if’s….” However, that only makes your preparations even more important. To help ease the tension, try using a system like www.do1thing.com. The website helps to break the preparations into categories and down by the month. So instead of seeing a long list, you know that “x” month is time to focus on water and getting/having a 3 day supply of water per person. Then the next month may focus on food or any unique needs you may have (pets, baby food, insulin, etc.). By breaking it down monthly with types of needs, the assembly of your emergency supplies and prep will be complete in no time. Just like how you would go about eating an elephant. Remain calm, and take it one bite at a time.