Wow Half Way
Wow! We are half way through the project of 52 Weeks of Preparedness. Let’s take some time to review this past quarter. We will look at the articles and touch on the high points to remind you of how to be better prepared. Any good awareness program should look back and see how you are doing so you can make adjustments and keep moving forward. Let’s get started.
Week 15 Grab & Go Bag.
We started with Grab & Go Bags. But because we needed to cover many angles, it took four articles for this subject. This first article helped you to build your basic bag. In it you should have things like a flashlight and a way to start a fire that can provide you with warmth, light, and comfort. You will want to be able to signal for help with a whistle and orange plastic ribbon. You should have a good map of the area you are in and have and know how to use a compass. You need water and food for three days. A good water filter will help. Include a space blanket, poncho, and survival blanket for shelter. Medical items are a must, include a first-aid kit and personal medications. A good knife and some tools always help. And let’s not forget some duct tape, garbage bags, compact sewing kit, and a fork, spoon, and knife set. Some hand warmers, roll of toilet paper, a deck of cards, simple P-38 can opener, and some parachute cord.
Week 16 Grab & Go Bag for Kids.
Print a list of emergency contacts that your children can use. Have an identification card for each child in case they becomes separated from you. Put in a little bit a money so they can buy some food. If your kids need help finding you, a family photograph will help. Put in some extra change of clothes and some toiletries like a toothbrush, toothpaste, antibacterial wipes, Kleenex, Band-Aids, and a small roll of toilet paper. Have a flashlight that kids can use. Bottled water and granola bars will be good if you are separated from them for a few hours.
Have them carry their own emergency blanket. Let’s not forget some fun things for them to do like books, games, puzzles, paper, pencils, crayons, and maybe a favorite stuffed animal. Something that the parents will need to include in their personal kits are items that support the children. Things like a well-stocked diaper bag with formula, diapers, and medication for the children.
Week 17 Grab & Go Bag for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.
The basic kit covers most of the items you will need. Nonetheless, you will need to add items to support your personal necessities during a disaster. Remember your medications and personal equipment. Include copies of all your prescriptions, and talk to your doctor and pharmacist about how you should prepare.
Tailor the contents of your grab and go bag to your needs and abilities
Week 18 Pets Go Kits and Evacuation Plans.
During disasters your pets will be even more dependent on you for their safety and well-being. Any plans you make for your family must include your pets, as well. Have some food and any medications your pet may need. Remember to include your pets in your evacuation plans too.
Week 19 Spring Fever.
This is one of my favorite subjects. Growing your own food can help you in so many ways. There is still time to start your garden this year, so let’s get to it.
Week 20 Wildfire -A Call to Action
Over the next few weeks we talked about wildfire and what to do “Before, During, and After”. These were hard articles to write. I worried that many didn’t read or consider the subject. Wildfire is a way of life here, and we should have all hands on deck. Please go back and read these articles. In the first one, we start with protecting your home with a defensible space. We also provided a display indicating what you can do to protect the areas near your home, 3-30 feet from your home, and 31-100+ feet for your structures.
Week 21 Wildfire - Protect Your House.
We then discussed what you can do specifically for your house to be better prepared for a wildfire. Areas we covered included were roofs, gutters, balconies, decks, vents, windows, doors, walls, and any fencing. Don’t forget to make your driveway and access roads accessible to emergency responders, and you need to post your address with 4” reflective numbers that can be seen from the road in both directions.
Week 22 During a Wildfire.
It is so important to know what to do during a wildfire. First, be ready to evacuate. Then if it is safe to do so, you can remove flammable items from around your home. Items like leaves, pine needles, and other debris from your roof and gutters, and dead plants and grass around your house. Move yard furniture into the house. Also help your family, friends, and neighbors get ready.
Week 23 Evacuation.
Are you ready to go?
When you are given an evacuation order you need to know what to do so you can protect your family.
If You Are Told to Evacuate, Do So Immediately!
Please go back and read this article.
Week 24 After a Wildfire.
There can be many hazards and challenges after a wildfire. Be safe and watch over your family. When working wear some personal protective equipment. Ensure your water supply has been inspected and officially declared safe to use. Remember to get plenty of rest, and ask for help; do not try to do it alone.
Week 25 Hot Summer Days.
Ahhh summer days are here. Go out and have some fun. Remember to be careful during the hot days and watch out for heat related risks, like sunburn, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration. Drink a lot of water and check in on friends and neighbors.
Week 26 4th of July.
We covered firework safety and how to treat burns. Then we talked about our pets and how to protect them when all that noise is going on.
Please go back and read past articles. We are looking forward the second half of 52 Weeks of Preparedness.
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Keep a copy of this article and all articles for the 52 weeks and when were done you’ll have a nice little book.