Be Prepared for Any Emergency

You never know when you may be in an emergency, either at work or at home. That’s why it’s important to have an emergency response plan for the places you go to the most.  Save and share this infographic with helpful hints. You can also visit redcross.org and ready.gov for emergency preparedness information. These are quick tasks that take a little time now, and can make a BIG difference later.

To help you on your way to readiness, we wanted to share some emergency preparedness and response guidelines to follow if you are in a crisis:

1. Establish a meeting place
Have an evacuation plan and a set meeting place away from your home to save time and confusion if your home is affected or evacuated. You also want to have an emergency plan to care for your pets. Remember, your pets depend on you for safety!

2. Have an emergency contact
Choose an out-of-town contact your family will email or call to check on each other if an event like severe weather happens. Your contact should live far enough away that they would not be in the same event, and they should know they are your contact. 

3. Assemble an emergency survival kit
If you need to leave your house or are asked to "stay in place," have some important supplies on hand that will make you and your family more comfortable. Prepare an emergency kit in an easy-to-carry container like a duffel bag or small plastic trash can. Also have your medical, prescription and insurance information in your wallet or disaster kit.

4. Check on the school emergency plan of any school-age children
Meet with your family to make an emergency response plan together. You will also need to know if your child’s school will keep children at school until a parent or adult can pick them up or send them home on their own. Be sure that the school has current information about how to reach parents and responsible caregivers to arrange for pickup.

5. Prepare your mobile phone
Set up your cell phone with a lock screen photo with your important emergency information available to emergency helpers. Adding an image to your lock screen is easy, too. There are a number of emergency contact applications for both Android and iOS phones. If you go to your app store, search for “emergency contact” and all your app choices should appear.

6. Prepare your car
You can buy an emergency kit for your car at any major retailer. Here is a handy list to have when getting your car ready.

What's your best emergency tip? Share your insight with us in the comments below!

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