It’s hard to believe that 2013 is already here. As many of us are deciding on resolutions we’d like to make for the New Year, I encourage you to add emergency preparedness to your list. Other resolutions may seem more pressing – losing weight, starting an exercise routine, reducing your stress – but making the decision to prepare for yourself and your family is as important as any resolution you could make this year.
Experts say that breaking a large goal into smaller, more concrete steps can increase your chances of success. So as you consider how to prepare in 2013, here are my tips for simple actions that will get your family on the road to readiness.
• Download our free mobile app. This app is the blue print for emergency preparedness – ready kit checklist, your personalized emergency plan, and localized emergency information with you when and where you need it. Downloading the app takes less than a minute and gives you access to all the resources you need to prepare.
• While your kids are home from school, take some time to create an emergency plan for your family (or review the one you’ve got). Decide where to meet outside of your home and practice a drill for getting out of the house quickly and safely in the event of a fire or other disaster.
• You can be ready by reviewing the emergency protocol at your child’s school. Our survey showed that only 40 percent of parents are aware of the steps their child’s school follows during emergencies. In the event of an emergency, you will want to be aware of your child’s location at all times. This will also give you the knowledge of where and when to meet him or her.
• Do you know what the emergency procedure is in your workplace? If not, make the effort to educate yourself on emergency protocol. After reviewing the plan, you will be more prepared to help keep yourself and your coworkers safe.
So as we begin into 2013, resolve to be ready and look forward to many more New Year celebrations to come.