12 Quick Tips to Get Prepared Before the Clock Strikes 12

pastel-new-year-1435613-2-mNew Year’s resolutions are often challenging because it’s difficult to stick with them for the long haul. Getting in shape, spending more time with family and reducing stress are all worthy goals, but they’re long-term propositions. This year, why not make a worthwhile resolution that can be knocked out quickly, like getting prepared?

Preparing for emergencies is an important action that many of us know we should do but simply put off. Interestingly, it doesn’t even take that long to get ready. In fact, here are twelve tips to get prepared that are so easy, you could finish them before the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve.

  1. Create a Ready profile: The best way to start getting prepared is to create a Ready profile on the Ready Georgia website or the mobile app. A Ready profile will help you create a plan and list of supplies tailored to you and your family.
  2. Download the mobile app: In addition to helping you create a Ready profile, the mobile app has a Ready supplies checklist, maps with shelter locations, weather alerts, and a number of other helpful features.
  3. Make a family communication plan: Use your new Ready profile to create a family communication plan. This will make sure everyone in your home knows where to go and what to do if you are separated when an emergency occurs.
  4. Stock up on non-perishable groceries: While you’re at the grocery store, take some time to stock up on emergency supplies like non-perishable food, water, batteries, first aid and other key items. If you want a detailed list, use your new Ready profile.
  5. Get a NOAA weather radio: NOAA weather radios are the best way to stay informed about potential emergency situations so you will never be caught off guard.
  6. Make copies of important documents: During an emergency, you may not be able to secure your most important documents, like identification, insurance certificates and bank account records. Make copies of these items and put them in a waterproof, portable container with your emergency supplies so you won’t be left without them.
  7. Pack some supplies for your pet: While you’re getting your supplies ready, don’t forget the needs of your pet. Pack some extra food, medicine and toys for your furry companions.
  8. Locate the safest place in your home: Everyone in your family should know where to go if you have to take refuge during a tornado. The best locations are small, interior rooms at the lowest level of your home. Cellars and basements are ideal. Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls.
  9. Winterize your car: This time of year, it’s important to be prepared in case you get stranded in winter weather. Pack a mobile Ready kit with food, water, a flashlight, batteries, blankets, an ice scraper and cat litter or sand to help with traction on ice. Don’t forget to keep a mobile charger for your phone as well.
  10. Help kids get prepared: With the kids home from school, it’s a great time of year to make sure your children know what to do and where to go during disasters. Ready Georgia even has some online games to help, plus additional resources in the teacher/parent toolkit.
  11. Set up an out of town contact: Some situations may require you to evacuate, and it’s important to know where you will go. Give a trusted family member or friend who lives outside of town a call and see if they are willing to be your go-to location in the event of an emergency.
  12. Relax: Knowing that you’re prepared for whatever may come in 2014 feels good. Enjoy your new peace of mind and spend your new year relaxing. You’ve earned it!