It's a new year and a new decade, so why not make a resolution to be ready for life's disruptions? It may seem daunting to try to prepare for every single thing that could go wrong, but if you focus on a few, realistic scenarios and space the actions out over a few months, you'll be more prepared by the year's end. Here are a few tips to get started.
- Keep non-perishable food stored at your home that could feed you and your family for at least 72 hours (longer is better). No need to buy it all at once- grab an extra can of soup or box of crackers each time you go to the grocery store. Rotate the food throughout the year so it doesn't expire.
- Store extra water for you and your family. At least a gallon per person, per day that you could be on your own. Similar to the food- make sure to rotate it to keep your supply fresh.
- Sign up for emergency alerts in your jurisdiction. This is one of the easiest ways for local officials to communicate with you during emergencies. Contact your local law enforcement office or emergency manager for more information.
- Learn a life-saving skill, like CPR. You never know when someone near you may need help, and you are the help until help arrives.
- Prepare your finances and critical documents. Skip the fancy coffee one day per week and instead put that money into an emergency fund. More resources can be found at www.ready.gov/financialpreparedness
- Check your home's smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (or install some if you don't have any).
- Do some research and mitigate your home against realistic hazards. Do you live in a highly wooded area? Create a defensible space to protect yourself from wildfires. Live in an area prone to earthquakes? Consider purchasing earthquake insurance and securing furniture to walls.
Find more ways to prepare at: www.ready.gov