While we have heard a lot recently regarding emergency planning for your home due to concerns about homeland security, there is also a significant risk of a natural disaster that could cut us off from outside services. For example, an ice storm or a tornado could cut power to your home and make roadways impassable. Therefore, it's is important that you and your family have a plan to deal with an emergency.
For many years, Champaign County EMA has been suggesting that everyone should have emergency plan in place BEFORE an emergency strikes and to have a disaster kit in your home. You need to be ready to stay in your home, without outside services or assistance, for a minimum period of three days. You should consider putting the following items in your disaster kit:
|FIRST AID KIT
|In any emergency a family member or you yourself may be cut, burned or suffer other injuries. If you have these basic supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt. Remember, many injuries are not life threatening and do not require immediate medical attention. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. Consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.
|Things you should have:
|Things it may be good to have:
|SPECIAL NEEDS ITEMS
|Remember the special needs of your family members. Infants, the elderly and persons with disabilities need the same planning as everyone else, and sometimes a little more, to be prepared for a terrorist attack.
The basics of survival: water, food and clean air are essential, but some of the following items may make a time of crisis more comfortable.
|Clothing and Bedding
|If you live in a cold weather climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that the power will be out and you will not have heat. Rethink your clothing and bedding supplies once a year to account for growing children and other family changes.
|Important Family Documents
|Keep copies of important family records such as insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
The Federal Government operates a website dedicated to emergency planning for families, www. ready.gov. In addition, the American Red Cross has lots of excellent information on how you and your family can be prepared. Finally, if you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact our offices at 217/384-3826.