This weekend (2 a.m. Sunday, to be exact), Daylight Savings Time comes to an end. For most of us, that means we get an extra hour of sleep on Saturday night and can start our days with the morning light. In exchange, our evening commute will now be done under the cover of darkness.
As you walk through your house changing your clocks this weekend, it’s also a good time to do an emergency preparedness check. Start with your smoke alarms. Test them to make sure they’re working, and replace the batteries if they’re more than a year old.
Next, take a look at your Ready kit:
- Check expiration dates on your food, water and medications. Use foods before they go bad, and replace them with fresh supplies.
- Throw out any canned good that is swollen, dented or corroded.
- Check your equipment. Is your battery-powered radio working? When was the last time you replaced the batteries in your flashlight and your NOAA weather radio? Follow the same rule of thumb as you do for your smoke alarm – replace the batteries at least once a year.
- Re-think your needs. Is someone in the family on medication now that they weren’t taking a year ago? Have you added a family member, or a pet? Take these and other lifestyle changes into account, and update your kit as needed.
Once you’ve taken a few minutes to refresh your Ready kit, make sure you take a quick look at your family emergency plan too. Log on to your personal profile on the Ready Georgia website, or use the Ready Georgia mobile app. Update medical information, phone numbers and any other details that may have changed during the past year. Then make sure your family knows where you will go and how you will get in touch with another in case of an emergency.
As the days get shorter, it’s a sign that winter is just around the corner. With the change of seasons comes a whole new set of potential hazards. So make sure you and your family are Ready.