Having a home that is warm and inviting for friends, family and other visitors is an important focus for a lot of us. We all work hard to enable a comfortable lifestyle for our family. We get up everyday to go to work, run errands, take care of the kids, plan and make meals, clean the house… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. All of our duties take time, focus, and energy to complete in the limited time available. Unfortunately with our busy schedules, it is easy to forget that our entire life can be turned upside down if an emergency or catastrophe occurs.
The fact of the matter is that when an emergency happens, there may be a safety outlet available at the time of catastrophe or there may not. The best option is always self-reliance. The last thing anyone needs is to be unprepared in time of need.
This home safety and preparation checklist is here to help you at any stage of your organization. If you’ve never prepared a safety checklist, or you’re looking to improve upon the one you already have in place, use this list to ensure your family’s safety and to give you greater peace of mind.
- Ask yourself – “How prepared am I?”
If you are one of the many people who do not know where to start, start here. The first thing you need to do is go over where you are in preparing for disaster. Going over this with a spouse, roommates, etc. will help you all get on the same page.
- Know what kind of disasters can happen in the city, state and region where you live
The more you know about your area, the better you can properly prepare. Mother nature can be different depending on where you are at, which is why it is vital that you understand the risks in your area.
- Start organizing a 3-month supply of food storage
It may feel like you don’t have the space or financial resources available to stock up on food like this. The key here is to start adding little by little, a can of food here and a can there. Many stores carry emergency preparedness items like water storage and organizers to help you utilize space for food and other must-haves.
- Get the tools
Flashlights, pocketknives, utensils, bowls and cups are all examples of things you may need. Clothing to help keep you warm, just in case, will also come in handy. As always, try to store these things where they will be safe and secure in a time of need.
- Have a 72-hour kit on hand
A great idea is to have a 72-hour kit for each family member ready to grab and go in a backpack. If something happens and you all need to leave in a hurry, you will be glad that you have these.
- Evacuation plan
In case you and your family do need to get out of the house as fast as possible, create a plan to enable a safe exit for each person. Once out of the house, pick a spot where you can meet that will be safe and accessible for each person to reasonably get to.
- Store important documents and items in a safe place
If a disaster occurs, you will want important documents to be safe and unharmed. Store them where they can stay in proper condition, and if possible, are portable.
- Have an emergency kit in your car
The bottom line is that you never know when bad things may happen, so it is better to be safe than sorry. If you can keep a kit in your car, you will be even more prepared for disaster.
- Know how and where you need to go to turn off the electricity and other utilities
When you are prepared, you will be ready to handle a given situation better. A lot of stress and chaos can be eliminated when you know what to do in a disaster.
- Be ready financially in case of an emergency
Saving may be one of the last things you can think you can do right now, but it is so very important. Always keep in mind that every penny counts when you’re saving for a potential disaster. Even if you only save a tiny amount a month, it will be worth it. As a helpful reminder, it is always important to be wise in your financial endeavors.