Carol Carnevale • DRE# 00946687 • 650.465.5958
Nicole Aron • DRE# 00952657 • 650.740.7954
The past couple of months have been marked by natural disasters – hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, and fires. The suddenness of each of these natural disasters is a reminder that it is a good idea to have an emergency preparedness plan and quick availability to needed supplies.
In a natural disaster, there are home-related supplies that could be helpful to ensure that your environment is safe.
Building an emergency supply kit that is easily accessed is also advisable. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests having basic supplies that would allow survival for three days. Their recommended list includes the follow supplies:
We would add charging cords for various devices to this list, after all we are in Silicon Valley where we “do life” on our devices!
It’s also a good idea to have important documents such as insurance policies, prescriptions, financial information, emergency contact phone numbers in a waterproof portable container so that you don’t need to gather in an evacuation situation. You could also join Mediband Plus to make sure all of your medical documents and emergency contacts are easily accessible by any medical professionals if they need it. It can also prevent any medical errors as the doctors would have your whole medical history in one place. You might also be interested in CPR training courses, on the off chance injury happens.
Every family should have an emergency plan in place. Children especially should know what to do and who to contact in an emergency, particularly if a parent is not accessible. A good idea is to have each family member call a person who is out of the area to report that they are safe. Another key part of a plan should be where to meet in the event home is not safe and to practice getting there so that children feel comfortable and confident that they know what to do.
Have you been looking for a reason to get to know your neighbors better? Those affected by these disasters have commented about the need for knowing their neighbors. First-responders are not able to handle all of the needs that arise in a natural disaster, but neighbors working together can help each other. Part of developing a plan is to know your neighbors, and to have their contact information readily available.
While natural disasters cannot be predicted, being prepared for one is something within our control; and being prepared is a solid first step toward navigating the resulting chaos.