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Emergency Preparation

Lately we have been hearing on the news that we should be prepared for an emergency. But, I was unsure how. So I scoured the web for some great resources on Emergency Preparation. After looking it over, I realized I was not very prepared. I am taking steps and each step I take will make my family safer. I would start with creating an emergency plan and a 72-hour kit. Then you can slowly incorporate more preparations. The idea is not to get panicked and fearful about emergencies that may never happen, but instead give us a more peace of mind that we can handle whatever comes our way.

Take these quizzes to see how prepared you are:

Create an emergency plan
Here is an excellent PDF checklist from FEMA and the Red Cross: Emergency Preparation Checklist
Download a free guidebook on How to Prepare for Any Emergency

One of the first things to do is prepare a 72-hour kit. This is a backpack, garbage can, etc. filled with what you and your family needs to survive for 3 days. For ideas on what how to make your kit:
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/prepare/72hour.html http://www.beprepared.com/Articles/check.htm Disastor Supplies Kit from the Red Cross
More menu ideas for your 72-hour kit
If you are feeling overwhelmed by preparing your 72-hour kit, this site takes you step by step in creating your kit over a 6 month period :Avert Disasters
You can even buy a 72-hour pack
Learn how to store water

Create a first aid kit
First Aid
For those who love their pets, there is emergency Pet Preparedness

Preparing for Terrorism
Learn What to do in an evacuation
Your Evacuation Plan
What to do in a Power Outage
Living in the snow belt of Michigan we have quite a bit of experience in what to do to prepare for a Blizzard
Safeguard your documents from fire and flood
Fire Safety Checklist
Tornado Safety
Your Family Hurricane Plan PDF


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Beth Dargis helps the overwhelmed to create saner, simpler lives. For free monthly Simple Self Care Calendar and Weekly Simplicity Tips visit: http://www.encouragingcoach.com. This article is Copyright 2005 by Beth Dargis, Zeeland MI. To send feedback or request reprint permission (usually granted free of charge), please contact .



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