Brought to you by Fred Burgess
Disasters can occur at any time turning our worlds upside down. From small to large scale disasters and emergency’s it is IMPORTANT to create a current emergency plan for you and your loved ones.
Put together a plan by discussing;
- How you will receive Emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my family and household communication plans?
Consider specific needs within your house hold.
- Different ages of members within your household
- Responsibilities of each individual
- School aged children
- Dietary needs
- Pets or service animals and their needs.
- Medical needs
- Medicines/prescriptions and equipment
- Access to devices and equipment
Fill out a family emergency plan. Listed below are a few links where you can find printable forms from not only family emergency plans but plans for kids, pets, property, communication plans, and MUCH more!
- American Red Cross (redcross.org)
- FEMA (FEMA.gov)
Practice your plan. Make sure that everyone in the household knows what to do in case of a disaster. Being prepared will make it less stressful when the time comes.
Create your own Disaster supply kit.
A basic kit should include the following:
- Water – one gallon of water per person per day for AT LEAST 3 days for both drinking and sanitation needs
- Food – AT LEAST a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
- Manual can opener
- Battery powered or hand crank radio
- First Aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Portable power bank(s) (Cell phone and other electronic charger)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Small tool kit
- Local maps
Additional Emergency kit supplies based on individual needs:
- Prescription medications
- Non-prescription medications (pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives)
- Glasses or contact lens solution
- Infant supplies (Diapers, formula, wipes, rash cream, etc.)
- Pet food
- Important family documents saved electronically or in a waterproof portable container
- Insurance policies
- Identification cards
- Bank account records
- Sleeping bag or blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothing appropriate to situation
- Appropriate shoes
- Household bleach and a medicine dropper (to disinfect water)
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supply’s
- Personal hygiene items
- Mess kits (Paper plates, cups, towels, utensils)
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games and other activities for children
Just as important as it is to have a plan and a kit, you must have your kit available where you might need it, and you must MAINTAIN it.
Maintaining your kit includes:
- Keep in a cool, dry place
- Store in a sealed container
- Replace expired items
- Rethink your needs every year and update your kits as necessary
Kit storage locations
- Home – ensure that all household members knows where the kit is located
- Work- similar to a “Grab and go” bag. It should be built for a 24 hour stay.
- Vehicle – in case you get stranded, keep an emergency kit in your car.
Websites such as Ready.gov, Redcross.org, and FEMA.gov are only a few examples of useful sites to help you create a plan with printable PDF’s, links for assistance, as well as links on how you too can help those in need.
Fred Burgess is a financial consultant located at Regent Financial Services,18 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME 04011. He offers securities as a Registered Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC. He can be reached at 207-725-6929 or at Fburgess@regentone.com.