At the time of writing, Hurricane Dorian is battering the East Coast and it got us thinking at Nano about disaster preparedness. Those of us who live in earthquake territories, or near high-risk fire areas, are always told to have a proper First Aid kit and an Emergency Plan. But how many of us do? Or even know what we’ll need when the worst happens?
- Prepare for a hurricane: Take basic steps now to ensure your safety should a storm hit.
- Get emergency supplies: Stock your home and your car with supplies.
- Make a plan: Create a family disaster plan.
- Avoid flooded areas: Take precautions before, during, and after a flood.
- Prepare to evacuate: Never ignore an evacuation order.
- Protect older adults: Understand older adult health and medical concerns.
- Protect your pets: Ensure your pet’s safety before, during, and after an emergency.
- Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning after the storm: Ensure your CO detector has working batteries. Place generators outside at least 20 feet from any door, window, or vent.
- Stay safe after a hurricane: Learn how to avoid injuries, make sure your food and water are safe, and clean up mold safely.
What about the First Aid Kit you keep promising yourself to re-stock? Did you buy it a few years ago and kept plundering it for Band-Aids, so it’s somewhat depleted?
We called our contacts at the American Red Cross and they sent us this link for their 115-piece kit which contains everything you’ll need for the usual cuts, scrapes, sprains, swelling and more. It also contains a quick First Aid reference guide in case the Wi-Fi goes down in a storm and you can’t reach Google.
Want to build your own kit from scratch? Here’s a list of the basics to have on hand:
- antibiotic ointment
- antiseptic wipes
- cold compress
- emergency blanket
- gloves (non-Latex)
- trauma and gauze pads
Finally, make sure you, and your loved ones, have a proper plan. The Department of Homeland Security has a helpful document you can print out here. Don’t be overwhelmed. Scroll down past the information to page 6. There you can fill in the details of everything from ICE (in case of emergency numbers), evacuation location, utility company helplines, doctor’s emergency contact and medical insurance numbers.
Print it out, put it on the fridge, scan in digital copies and make sure everyone in your family knows what to do in the event of a disaster.
Be safe. Be healthy. Be prepared!