I resolve…to be prepared in the event of an emergency!

By: Denise Koslowsky

Winter Preparedness

I resolve to be prepared in the event of a winter storm disaster!  While this may not fall into the top 5 resolutions we listed last week, it certainly falls in the organization category and is most likely one of the items on your “I’ve been meaning to take care of that!” list.

On board with FEMA
In fact, the folks at FEMA and Ready.gov have all sorts of resources to help you and your family get ready in the event that a disaster should strike, such as an emergency kit.  We thought we would share the things we think are most important to include in yours.  Check it out below:

  • Water – FEMA recommends that you set aside 1 gallon per day for each member of your family.  You should have enough for a 3 day supply.  4 members of your family?  That’s 12 gallons of water.
  • Food – A 3 day supply is what we are looking for so stock pile canned goods and other non perishable foods.
  • A manual can opener to help with ^^^^
  • A hand crank or battery operated radio.
  • A flash light
  • Enough batteries to power both and some extras!
  • A first aid kit
  • A whistle so that you can help people find you
  • Dust masks
  • Plastic sheeting & duck tape to help you make a temporary shelter
  • Moist towelettes
  • Garbage bags
  • Basic tools (hammer, wrench, pliers, screwdriver)
  • Phone charger
  • Local & regional maps
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • A blanket for each family member
  • Rock salt & sand (handy to keep in your car so you can get unstuck on wintery roads)
  • Shovels
  • Extra heating fuel (stored in a safe place)
  • Cash

So, how are you doing in the Be Prepared category?  Do you have an emergency kit ready?  How many of the items listed above do you have set aside?

Advocate Brokerage’s blog post next week will focus on helping our customers get closer to achieving their organizational goals!

Want some extra support?  Share your resolutions with us!  We’d love to hear from you!  Be sure to use the hashtag #Iresolve

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