A checklist can help you prepare for an emergency
An emergency can occur at any time, in any place. To protect the safety of yourself and you loved ones, it’s important to be prepared. A checklist of equipment and procedures can help prepare for emergencies.
Home emergency supplies
Every home should have a fire extinguisher.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are two essential items every home should have. You should have at least one fire extinguisher inside the home and a second if you have a garage. A first-aid kit is a must, along with candles and flashlights in case of a power outage. A battery-powered radio is also essential for listening to emergency broadcasts when the power goes out. Store at least a two-day supply of non-perishable food items and at least five one-gallon jugs of water.
Home emergency procedures
Teach children to call emergency numbers.
Childproof your home if you have young children. Make sure they can’t get to toxic liquids or solids. Make a list of emergency phone numbers, including fire, police, and poison control. Program these numbers into your phone and teach your children call for help. Know where the nearest hospital is and have an evacuation plan in case of an emergency. If you live in an apartment building, know where the emergency exits are located.
At the office or workplace
Know where emergency exits are
Know where the fire exits are and take part in any fire drill. Familiarize yourself with evacuation procedures. As in the home, keep a list of emergency phone numbers handy.
In the car
Keep the spare properly inflated
Make sure you carry a first-aid kit, blanket, flashlight and bottled water. Always check your spare tire to see if it’s properly inflated. Flares or emergency lights can help prevent accidents during roadside emergencies at night. A cell phone can be the single most important item to have in your car if you need to call for help. Carry a phone charger adapter in case the cell battery runs down.
Plan ahead for emergencies when traveling
When traveling abroad, always carry travelers checks instead of cash. If lost or stolen, they can be replaced. If you do carry money, never carry it in your wallet or purse-use a money belt instead. When staying at a hotel, always store jewelry in the hotel safe when you leave your room. If you have a medical condition, you should carry a medical identification bracelet or card to alert medical personnel of your condition if necessary. Know how and where to contact your country’s consulate if needed.