I’m sure you are familiar with the old saying “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” Despite knowing the importance of having a “game plan” for unforeseen circumstances, how many of us are prepared? Before the onset of hurricane season, let’s review why and how we should all have an emergency plan.
Perhaps the easiest place to start is by deciding who your “in case of emergency” contacts are. Spouses, children, and friends are obvious choices, and you can add “ICE” next to their names in your address book or phones (to denote “In Case of Emergency”). You should also have phone numbers for your physicians, pharmacy, and insurance companies handy, too. Keep this list on the fridge, in your car or in your wallet.
While you get the phone numbers for your pharmacy and doctor, don’t forget to keep a current list of your medications. You should include any medications you take, including over-the-counter and herbal medications. You should also include allergies to this list, including allergies to medications, food or environmental agents.
Keep your important documents handy, where they can be grabbed at a moment’s notice. The CDC has a great document for keeping track of this important info here. Next comes the emergency supplies- Try to keep at least 3 days’ worth of food, water and medications (Don’t forget to include your pets!). You should also have a supply of batteries, flashlights and a first aid kit. Ready.gov has a great list for assembling your own emergency kit and can be found here.
Stay safe and stay prepared!