September is Disaster Preparedness Month. With the way things are happening now, it is imperative that we are prepared for natural disasters. Just last week, Napa Valley experienced a 6.0 earthquake that shocked the whole area. We are approaching hurricane season so it is so important that we think about disasters, plan for them and prepare our families.
I remember as a kid, we were taught several helpful tips for emergencies and natural disasters. During the school year, we would have several tornado drills to teach us what to do in case of a tornado. The school officials would sound the tornado horn and we will all go in the hallway and tuck our heads in our laps. I also remember learning how to Stop. Drop. and Roll in case of a house fire and we even drew out an escape route.
- Flashlights (with batteries, if needed)
- Clothing (warm and cool clothing)
- Tennis Shoes
- Non perishable food
- First Aid Kit
- Bathroom supplies: tissue, soap (including tampons/sanitary napkins)
- Weather radio
- CASH (if power is out, you will not be able to use an ATM machine or your debit card)
FEMA has a downloadable family communication plan to help families plan, prepare for National disasters. Get the PDF here: http://t.co/tNpVSePOhS
Do you have an escape plan for your family? What is in your survival kit?