It happens to everyone at some point. Life gets busy and despite your best effort, something slips through the cracks, leaving you with no response except a shrug of the shoulders and a sheepish, “Sorry. I forgot!”
While it’s human nature to forget things on occasion, forgetting to prepare for one of Mother Nature’s hazards can carry severe consequences. In honor of “I Forgot Day,” which is July 2, focus your attention on these simple steps to ensure you remember to stay ready:
- Set reminders: A calendar is a powerful tool to prepare for future events. Whether you favor an electronic or a paper calendar, put it to use by creating timely reminders to revisit your emergency preparedness efforts. You can also sign up for Do1Thing, which will provide you with free, monthly email reminders and tips for disaster readiness. National holidays and observances can also serve as helpful reminders to stay disaster ready. For example, when we make the change to Daylight Savings Time in the spring is an ideal time to test your smoke alarms to make sure they’re working, and to replace your batteries if they’re more than a year old.
- Make a list: You probably use lists to manage the grocery shopping, holiday gift giving, “honey do” tasks and hundreds of other daily chores. Add emergency preparedness to that mix and you’ll be ahead of the game. Ready Georgia has made it easy for you by creating a checklist of all the items you need to have in your Ready kit. Even better, you can take that list with you on your next shopping trip when you download the Ready Georgia app.
- Delegate tasks: As you create a plan for responding to various threats, be mindful of what responsibilities you can assign to each family member to ensure no items slip through the cracks. After you have finalized your plan, communicate it clearly so everyone knows their role and what to do in the event of an emergency.
By incorporating these simple steps in your emergency preparedness efforts, you’ll have a better response for Mother Nature if/when she calls upon you than shrugging and saying, “I forgot.”