Preparedness: better to be safe than sorry.Disaster. The word alone can strike fear in your heart, and these days there are plenty of natural and manmade disasters to fear--earthquakes, extreme cold and heat, hurricanes, power outages This is a list of famous wide-scale power outages. 1965
So what should you do to prepare for the worst? For starters, you don't have to prepare for each potential threat individually. The American Red Cross American Red Cross: see Red Cross. suggests an "all-hazards approach" to preparedness planning, says spokeswoman Tara Lynch, so don't get bogged down in the alphabet threat soup. There are three basic things you can do, she says, that are simple and effective and can apply to any disaster:
(1) Have an emergency preparedness kit ready
(2) Create a family communications and evacuation plan
(3) Be informed
"Get to know the types of disasters that can happen in your community," Lynch says, "and be aware of the risks that could occur in your business, at your child's school, or in your community."
The American Red Cross suggests you hold a family meeting to discuss the kinds of disasters that can happen. In an emergency, your family might be forced to evacuate, so decide on one or two spots where everyone will meet, such as just outside the house or apartment building, or at the entrance to the neighborhood. Also, ask an out-of-state friend or relative to be your family's contact person, and make sure everyone in the family knows the contact person's phone number.
But whether you're ordered to evacuate or shelter-in-place--a fancy term for "stay put"--you'll need to have some essential supplies on hand, so find an easy-to-carry container, such as a duffel bag or plastic trash can In the Macintosh, a simulated garbage can used for deleting files and folders. The trash can keeps the files intact in case the user wants to restore them, but can be "emptied" from time to time to save disk space. , and start preparing a disaster supply kit today. Just as you wouldn't begin a family trip without some prior planning and packing, you wouldn't want to find yourself in the midst Adv. 1. in the midst - the middle or central part or point; "in the midst of the forest"; "could he walk out in the midst of his piece?"
midmost of a disaster situation without an emergency kit!
What to put in your emergency kit
The thought of packing an emergency supply kit overwhelms many people, Lynch says, but it shouldn't. The American Red Cross recommends doing it in stages rather than all at once. You can start today by grabbing an extra bottle of water or batteries the next time you go to the grocery store.
"You'll be amazed at how much progress you can make," Lynch says.
But whatever you pack, into the mix must go the "big six," which the American Red Cross says are absolutely imperative: bottled water; non-perishable food; a battery-operated or hand-cranked radio; flashlights (make sure you have extra batteries for both the radio and flashlight); medications, including first aid supplies; and copies of important documents, such as your driver's license Noun 1. driver's license - a license authorizing the bearer to drive a motor vehicle
driver's licence, driving licence, driving license
license, permit, licence - a legal document giving official permission to do something
and insurance papers, in a resealable plastic bag.
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Protecting your pets
Just as Dorothy looked out for Toto when she evacuated--tucking him into her basket--you, too, should plan ahead for your pet's needs. Like humans, pets require at least a three-day supply of food and water. Pet food should be stored in an airtight, waterproof container. When packing, consider each pet's needs, such as litter for the cat, or bedding for the bunny. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you. Keep in mind, however, that many disaster shelters don't accept pets, so you'll need to plan ahead for a safe haven 1. Designated area(s) to which noncombatants of the United States Government's responsibility and commercial vehicles and materiel may be evacuated during a domestic or other valid emergency.
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In the event of a disaster such as a flood or hurricane, tap water may be unsafe to drink, so be sure to keep bottled water on hand.
Food for thought
To be prepared, you need to store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water. Plan on one gallon of water per person per day.
Remember: The power might be out, so steer clear of foods that require refrigeration refrigeration, process for drawing heat from substances to lower their temperature, often for purposes of preservation. Refrigeration in its modern, portable form also depends on insulating materials that are thin yet effective. or cooking, or foods that require water for preparation. If you're a potato chip or pretzel addict, keep in mind that water will be in short supply, and salty foods will make you thirsty. Still, choose foods you'll want to eat, Lynch says. For example, "If you hated peanut butter anyway, you're not going to want to eat it in the middle of a disaster," she notes.
Here's a shopping list to get you started: Canned food canned food
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milk - a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings .
And don't forget to put a hand-operated can opener in your emergency food kit!