Prepping 101: Where Do I Start?

October 13, 2016

Four Steps to Safety

STEP ONE: Decide what you need to prepare for.

  1. What disaster might happen to you? Everyone should be prepared for a blackout. However, it's not likely you need to prepare for both a tsunami and a tornado. What might happen where you live?

  2. Do you have animals? Make sure you have food for them. If you need to go to a shelter, they might not allow animals.

  3. Is there a disaster plan at your work?Your child's school or daycare? Your church?

  4. Does your community have warning signals? Do you  know what to do when you hear them?


STEP TWO: Create a disaster plan for your family.

  1. Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Talk about what to do with each one. Click here for ideas for your children. Click here if you live on the Oregon Coast.

  2. Pick two places to meet. One outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire. One outside your town in case you can't return home.

  3. Ask an out-of-town friend or relative to be your "family contact." Everyone can call the same contact person. In disasters, sometimes long-distance calling works better than local, and texting works better than speaking.

  4. Plan what to do with your pets.

STEP THREE: Complete this checklist.

  1. Teach children how and why to call 911. And teach them their address and phone number. Click here for more info for kids.

  2. Show each family member how to turn off the water, gas and power at the main switches. Does it take a special tool to turn them off? Make sure the tool is stored near the shut-off.

  3. Check your insurance coverage.

  4. Teach each family member how to use a fire extinguisher and where it is kept.

  5. Install smoke detectors in each room. Keep the batteries updated.

  6. Stock emergency supplies and assemble a disaster supply kit. Click here for kit ideas.

  7. Take a Red Cross first aid and CPR class.

  8. Determine the best escape routes from your house and find two ways out of each room.

STEP FOUR: Pratice and maintain your plan.

  1. Quiz your kids every six months, so they can remember what to do.

  2. Conduct fire and emergency drills

  3. Replace stored water and food as it expires. Click here for info on food andinfo on water.

  4. Recharge or replace your fire extinguisher as it expires.

  5. Test your smoke detectors ate least once a year.

AWESOME! You are prepped and ready!


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