Emergencies can affect you in your home, your office or even when your on the road. It is therefore important to be aware and informed of the risks around you and your family and the risks within your community. Try to get information from the newspapers, radio, TV, internet and through communicating with your neighbours. Attend local residents meetings and discuss local risks and how to tackle these.
Be Prepared -Make a Plan
Emergencies often result in panic and chaos. Being organised and having a plan reduces the stress and anxiety during a crisis. This means everybody is able to focus on dealing with the emergency in a more calm and efficient manner. Think about the following when making your
- Contact details for your family or friends.
- Plans for those who may need special arrangements such as the elderly or disabled
- Emergency arrangements for your children at school and at your workplace.
- Where and how to turn off main electricity, water and gas supplies at your home.
Be Smart - Get a Kit
In an Emergency you should have a ready Emergency Grab bag that you take out with you. Think about what should go in your Emergency Grab Bag.
Suggested Contents of HOME EMERGENCY GRAB BAG
Rope Ladders, if at a height
Gloves, Face Shield for mouth-mouth ventilation
Wound care kit
Low Blood Sugar kit
Medications - Analgesia (adults & Children)
Special medications required by individuals
Contacts Book with emergency contact numbers
Spare house & car keys
Photocopy pf passport & other important documents
Money & credit cards
In addition, every home should be fitted with a fire extinguisher for domestic use and all members should be familiar with how to use them.