As Thanksgiving approaches, we’re reminded of what is important in life. Family. Friends. Whatever measure of health we enjoy. A job. A home. Some of us may have a longer list of “thanks” than others, but we can all find something that we value in our lives.
As anyone who has been through a flood, fire or other catastrophic event knows, the things we value most in life can be put in great peril with little or no warning. We are thankful for our loved ones and want to keep them safe; we can’t imagine life without them. But have you made plans to protect the ones you love?
In today’s busy world, it is easy to push emergency preparedness to the very bottom of our to-do lists. Before the busiest part of the holiday season arrives, please take the time to prepare. It doesn’t take as much effort as you might think. In fact, it’s really just three simple steps: 1. Prepare by assembling a Ready kit; 2. Make a plan for reconnecting and communicating with family members; 3. Stay informed about your risks.
Preparing your Ready kit is the foundation of emergency preparation. It should be full of the necessary supplies for you and your family to survive at least three days without any aid. It is also a good idea to keep a Ready kit in your car (especially during winter), and make sure that your office has emergency supplies on hand as well.
Creating an emergency communications plan is a simple but important step as well. Your family may be separated during an emergency and phones may not be in service, so it’s vital that your family knows how to reconnect. Use our customizable plan or download the Ready Georgia mobile app to get your family on the same page.
Finally, staying informed about your potential risks and about severe weather threats is important so that you can take appropriate action. Buy a NOAA weather radio so you can be alerted to severe weather, even in the middle of the night. Review the recommendations for safely responding to a variety of emergency situations, and make sure that your familiar is familiar with them too.
As you are reminding yourself of all you have to be thankful for, promise yourself, your family and your loved ones that you won’t let this holiday season pass by without taking steps to get ready.