It's still the beginning of the year and not too late to start a New Year's resolution. While getting healthy and decluttering are worthy goals, why not tackle something most of us preach regularly but may not do ourselves: prepare yourself and your family for disasters and emergencies.
First responders can get called out at any moment. Sometimes the emergency is a flood, hurricane or wildfire affecting your own family or home. Getting your family prepared enables you to do your job without quite so much added worry.
A few simple steps can go a long way to ensuring your family's safety. Ready.gov created a Ready Responder page that has resources and guides for firefighters, law enforcement and their families.
You will find materials to help you:
- Build an emergency supply kit and make go-bags for everyone in the house and pets.
- Make a family emergency plan.
- Be informed about the types of emergencies in your area.
- Prepare for special considerations like family members with access or functional needs, older adults, children and pets.
Don't let the calendar turn to another month without taking time to prepare your family for an emergency and put your mind at ease.