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10 Steps to Emergency Preparedness

We were just reading a report developed by Oregon Health and Science University that published this nice list for Emergency Preparedness. The List originated from the american Red Cross and is worth sharing again to our readers.

10 Steps to Emergency Preparedness

1. Know what kinds of emergencies could happen in your area and consider what your neighborhood might look like after one happens.survey

2. Complete a personal assessment. Think about what you will be able to do and what assistance you may need before, during, and after an emergency.

3. Make your own support group of family, friends, relatives, neighbors, roommates, care providers, and people you work with who could help you in an emergency.

4. Make an emergency information list so others will know whom to call if they find you unconscious, unable to speak, or if they need to help you leave your home quickly.

5. Make a medical information list with the names and phone numbers of your doctors, your medications, how much you take, and your medical conditions. Write down what special equipment you use, your allergies, and any communication difficulties you have.

6. Try to keep a seven-day supply of medications with you and fill your prescriptions as early as you can. Ask your doctor or pharmacist what you should do if you canít get more right away. If you get treatments at a clinic or hospital, ask the person who helps you what to do if you canít get your treatments during an emergency.

7. Install at least one smoke alarm on each floor in your home and test them every month. Know where the main utility cutoff valves are and learn how and when to disconnect them during an emergency. Know evacuation routes and safe places to go during an emergency.

8. Fill out a summary checklist to make sure that your emergency plan covers every problem you might have.

9. Keep an emergency supply kit in your home, car, workplace, or anywhere you spend your time. Include food, water, a first aid kit, adaptive equipment, batteries, and supplies for your pets or service animals.

10. Make your home or office safer by checking hallways, stairwells, doorways, windows, and other areas for problems that may keep you from safely leaving a building during an emergency. Secure or remove furniture that may block your path.

Source: American Red Cross (2007). Disaster Preparedness Information. Retrieved November 2008, from and are two sites that are dedicated to supplying both individual and companies with supplies that are necessities in disaster or emergency situations.