September is National Preparedness Month, with an emphasis on community emergencies. When a tornado, hurricane or ice storm happens to your family, it happens to the community too. There are things people can do to get by when the power is out at home for a few days, but what about elderly neighbors, the disabled, families with newborns and other unique family situations?
Now, there is a place to go for all the information needed on how to prepare for any emergency. Ready.gov allows people to sign up and become a part of their community by receiving emergency alerts and by learning to keep an emergency kit on hand at all times. Learn about the types of training available for volunteers during emergencies.
Most people are aware of the basics that emergency kits should contain, but would be surprised at the items they never thought to keep on hand. Among these items are portable radios with batteries to listen to the news updates for such things as which grocery and drug stores are currently opened and which ones are closed or sold out and when you should not drink the water.
When thinking about big emergencies, band aids may be useless. An old, clean cotton sheet, torn into strips, can be used to make splints for broken arms and legs, as well as slings for broken arms. These strips can also be used as pads to place on deep, bleeding wounds and as temporary tourniquets.
Brush up on first-aid how-to or take a Red Cross class on CPR/First-aid. Learn how to turn the breakers off and on to the power and how to cut off water to your home. Lightening can strike at any time, causing a fire inside or outside the home. Do you know if your fire extinguisher is charged and ready, if needed?
Would you be able to tell your insurance company all the items in your home that were destroyed in a tornado? Take photos before an emergency and keep records in a safe place.
Don't wait until the last minute to find out the things that could save your life or the lives of people in your family or community.