For the past two weeks teams of Children’s Friend employees have been learning and practicing the steps to carry out our Safety, Crisis and Emergency Response Plan. It is such an important step in our readiness to respond to emergency situations, that we will spend almost our entire quarterly agency meeting in discussions about our Plan in order to make sure we are as ready as we can be.
As we head into the uncertainty that accompanies weather systems in New England, especially in the winter months, it is a great time to be sure we all have our families ready for emergencies. The past several years we’ve endured floods, blizzards and hurricanes. Many of our friends and neighbors have experienced these storms in worse ways than we have; but, that doesn’t mean we can count on our own safety in the future. Both at home and at work we must be prepared for the worst.
All kinds of information, from how to put a preparedness kit together for your home and car to how to make sure your pets are cared for, are available at READY.GOV. If you already have your supplies ready for a time of emergency, now is the time to refresh it—take a look at expiration dates, throw out old items and replace them with new ones. If you don’t have a kit already, consider starting with the basics from the list to get yourself going. Be prepared and stay safe!
Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps