Be Prepared!

Tracey HeslipBy: Tracey Heslip
Memorial Healthcare Mommy Blogger

A couple of years ago, I was sitting for an elderly couple, one of which needed a home health care nurse. During one of the nurse’s visits, the nurse was instructing us to make sure that there was at least two weeks’ worth of medications on hand, in a travel bag ready to go. I asked why, and she said that it was recommended in the case of an emergency. By having this packed and ready it would be accessible at a moments notice. That got me thinking…

Now, I don’t like to live in a state of fear, and really Y2K never happened. In August, 2005, the world did not end, but Hurricane Katrina did happen. Arkansas tornadoes did happen. Other disasters have happened. I bet a lot of people thought after these events, “I wish I had done this or I wish I had done that.” I started to think…”What kind of proactive things can I do to keep my family from being totally devastated in an emergency or something like losing a job or being sick for an extended period of time?”Hurricane

I would like to challenge you to look in your kitchen cupboards and think of this scenario, “Tomorrow we lose our income. How long would this food last? Or, there is an epidemic and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issues a health warning for everyone to be quarantined, or we have a major wide-spread power outage, or a severe snow storm.

If there was a power outage how would you heat/cool your house? Do you have candles or oil lamps for lights? If so, do you know where they are? Did you know that a candle in a coffee can provides enough warmth for survival?

What about drinking water? After an emergency such as a tornado, flood or earthquake, the water that comes out of your tap might not be safe to drink — if it’s running at all. That’s why you need to have at least a three-day supply of bottled water stored at home at all times.

Car In SnowAlso, what kind of emergency supplies do you have in your car? Having cell phones gives us a false sense of security. What if you run off the road in a snow storm, your cell phone is dead and your car won’t start – how are you going to stay warm? A small bag or box in your trunk could make the difference of death or survival; a blanket, flashlight, energy bar and a bottle of water, preferably for more than one person.

This is all just food for thought. This blog isn’t meant to give you a sense of fear, but to challenge you to be prepared. As I sit here writing, there has been an earthquake in Virginia.  John Leach, author of Survival Psychology, writes: “In an emergency, 75% of people have to be told what to do. Only 10 -15% of the people act appropriately leaving the remaining 10 – 15% sitting on the sidelines acting inappropriately!” We are not exempt from catastrophe; however, will you be in the top 15% who have prepared for the event you may find yourself in?

I walked away from writing this blog for a few days. As I came back, I am listening to reports from The Weather Channel of New York City being evacuated. So, I repeat BE PREPARED! How long would it take you to evacuate at a moment’s notice?

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