Creating a Family Emergency Plan

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For the best chance of safety in an emergency, your family needs to have an emergency plan. An emergency could happen at any time, so it’s important to be prepared for as many different situations as you can.  Follow the steps below to create your own emergency plan!

QUIZ: How prepared are you TODAY?

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Take this short quiz to test your knowledge about smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, and to see how prepared you are today!  Once you have your score, I’ll offer you suggestions on how you can become even more prepared.

Fire Extinguisher Basics

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Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?  Do you know how to use it?  If you’ll learn about fire extinguishers, buy one (or more), try using a fire extinguisher, and then maintain your fire extinguisher, you will be able to put out small fires if you need to.

Involving Kids in Emergency Preparedness

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Here are some ways to help kids become involved in emergency preparedness: Have kids draw an exit plan for their room and put it on their wall (like at a hotel). Talk about where to go at different times (Tommy, you’re in the kitchen and a spark catches the towel on fire!  What do you… Read more »

Which Emergencies are You Preparing For?

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What kind of emergencies are you preparing for?  Do you know? When my husband and I were buying our home, they had to determine whether we would need flood insurance or not.  It turned out we are pretty close to a floodplain for a nearby dam.  I never would have guessed, because we’re not right… Read more »

Emergency Preparedness on a Budget, Part II

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In my last post, I shared my list of ways anyone can start preparing for an emergency without spending much money.  Although these steps are important, of course, not all preparation is going to be free.  (After all, the reason we’re preparing to begin with is so that we can take care of ourselves, and… Read more »

Emergency Preparedness on a Budget, Part I

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Many people are realizing the value of preparation because our tough economic times make the future seem so uncertain.  What if things get worse (maybe much worse) before they get better? Unemployment is high, home values are low, and many people simply can’t afford to prepare in the ways that they would like to. We… Read more »

Collecting Important Documents

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When I first started collecting my important documents, I wasn’t totally sure what I needed, or what I should do with the papers after they were collected.  I figured it out, though, and now I feel pretty confident that I will have what I need when I need it.

Why I Choose to Prepare

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Boy, if there’s one thing I’m passionate about, it’s got to be emergency preparedness!  Ever since elementary school, when we got to pick a bunch of food to put in a Ziploc bag in case of emergency, I’ve loved being prepared.  At the end of the school year (if there had been no emergency) we… Read more »