When global emergencies hit, so many people find themselves unprepared. Our history is packed with natural and biological disasters from hurricanes to tsunami’s to pandemics, and time and time again it’s those that weren’t prepared that suffered the most.
Let’s bring it even closer to home -When the COVID pandemic hit, were you ready? Were you prepared with the basic things that your family needs? Emergencies are unexpected and often leave us reactive, scrambling to get what we need to keep our families safe versus proactive and prepared.
But I’m here to tell you, It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, chances are there will be another disaster that will leave you without power, water, or access to critical supplies or you may again be forced to shelter in place. So, what can we do to get prepared for the next emergency?
As a cardiac clinical nurse specialist and family nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience working primarily in critical care and emergency medicine, I’ve seen so many patients with injuries or illnesses that could’ve been prevented had they been prepared. I’d like to share with you the Top 4 Tips to Get and Keep you Prepared for the Next Emergency.
TIP #1 - Have A Family Emergency Plan
A family emergency plan is important when it comes to emergencies and can help keep everyone calm during chaotic times. Your plan should answer 3 basic questions:
- Where will you go? -The type of emergency will determine whether you should evacuate versus shelter in place. If you have to evacuate, have evacuate routes and a map handy and be sure to keep a list of important contacts as well as hotels along your route.
- How will you stay in touch? – You need to be able to reach loved ones and obtain information during an emergency. Make sure everyone has a mobile phone and chargers (including car chargers). An additional battery, or a backup power supply will come in handy as well as a weather radio. Also, be sure to designate a meeting point or a person that everyone contacts when you can’t get a hold of each other.
- What supplies do you need? - Depending on what natural disaster you face, where you live, who is part of your family, and simple things like weather will determine the supplies you need. We will discuss this in our next tip.
TIP #2 - Have A Basic Emergency Kit
The more prepared you are, the safer and more comfortable you’ll be when the inevitable happens. It is useful to have a first-aid kit on hand. My Nurse Approved First Aid Kit contains supplies for common injuries (e.g. splints, gauze, dressings), CPR face mask, emergency blankets, whistle, tweezers, scissors, a thermometer and more and promises to keep you covered with the basics. Also, If you require prescription medication, stock up as much as you can ahead of time.
TIP #3 - Know Basic Survival Skills
Now is the time to learn basic survival skills. Taking a CPR course, learning to to dress a wound or even start a fire are helpful skills that can sustain life in case of an emergency. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
TIP #4 - Stock Up On The Basics
When you are sheltering in place, are planning on staying in a shelter, or even dealing with the possibility of being stuck out on the road, having food and water is your top priority in any disaster situation because you can’t survive it. Having at least a week’s worth of food and water stored up can be a great idea during a natural disaster.
Next think about non-perishable food that your family will eat. Choose food that you can eat as is like crackers and peanut butter as well as canned beans, soups, and the like.
If you follow these tips, you will be prepared for any emergency that comes your way. If you are in need of Nurse Approved customized first-aid kits or other products, click HERE to sign up for our e-mail list and save 10% on your first order.
About the Blogger:
Nurse Alice is a cardiac clinical nurse specialist and family nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience working primarily in critical care and emergency medicine. She has been featured on countless national networks sharing pertinent health education and is the CEO and founder of Nurse Approved, LLC, a company that empowers people to protect their health, wellness and safety through our courses, trainings, books, products and services BEFORE they become patients because we care. If you're looking for excellence, make sure it’s Nurse Approved.