Be Ready for Anything
Being Californians, we all know we should have supplies on hand in case of an earthquake, but rounding up emergency supplies is just the first step to really being ready for anything. Creating a home inventory and vital records carrier can take your preparedness to the next level!
Be prepared to go without services for 72 hours in an emergency. Gathering three days worth of food, water, medicine and toiletries for each member of your family, including pets, is a good starting place. Then add a first aid kit, flashlights, warm clothes and a hand crank radio. Check out SF72 for additional essentials.
It's likely you already have many of these supplies on hand. Gather them together to create a dedicated Emergency Kit. Store everything in a sturdy container in an accessible location. Be sure to label it and notify other family members. Alternately, you can purchase a ready-made kit at The Ready Store!
Can you name all of the items in your home without looking? I certainly can't! That's where having a home inventory list comes in handy. It can save you time and money when filing an insurance claim. A home inventory can be as simple as a list of items for every room in your home and an accompanying video.
You can also use apps like Centriq or HomeZada. Both offer free home inventory capability as well as additional services such as keeping manuals, warranties and maintenance information all in one place.
Accessing your vital records, such as birth certificates and passports, in an emergency can be essential. Keeping them secure, but easily accessible is important. It's a good idea to protected the originals in a fire-proof safe. You can then have copies in a folder where they are ready to grab in case of an emergency.
Take your emergency planning one step at a time, knowing each measure helps your family be a bit more prepared. Revisit each of the above items every few years to keep them up to date.
Of course, I'm always here to help!
Being first aid certified is another way to be ready for anything. Check out the American Red Cross web site redcross.org for tons of local and online first aid classes.
Erin Becker is the owner of PICK IT UP, a
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