Friday, November 2, 2018

Emergency Preparedness

               The recent events of the Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions serve as a reminder about how important it is to be prepared for any emergency.  One of our employees happened to be in Andover, Massachusetts the night of the explosions and was stuck in traffic for hours, but he was prepared and had supplies in his car that made the wait manageable.  Whether in your car or in your home, you should be prepared for emergency situations by keeping some basic supplies accessible.

               Due to the chance of car problems or inclement weather, it is a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.  Some items to keep in a kit in your car include:
  • Water – an extra bottle or two ensure that you won’t become dehydrated for the duration of an emergency
  • Food – granola bars or other snacks stave off hunger and can help you survive in a survival situation until help arrives
  • Emergency blankets – offer warmth in cold conditions, especially in the winter, if you have to stay in or near your car for an extended period
  • First aid kit – gives you the ability to tend to minor wounds
  • Battery pack – allows you to recharge your phone to be able to contact people
  • Flashlight – provides light to see or signal during the night or in dark places with headlamps offering hands-free light
  • Whistle – to signal for help
  • Multi-tool – you never know when you could use a knife, screwdriver, or other tool
  • Maps – updated maps of the local area can help you navigate when GPS is unavailable
  • Cash – just in case you need to buy something when cards are unavailable
  • Extra clothes – especially socks, jackets, hats, and gloves for cold and wet conditions
  • Hand sanitizer – allows you to disinfect your hands when running water is unavailable

For homes, emergency kits should be more robust.  You want to have supplies for you and your family that will last for several days in case of power outages or other emergencies.  Your home kit should include:

  • Water – about a gallon per person per day with enough to last several days
  • Food – a supply of canned and other non-perishable food to last several days, including baby formula and pet food if needed
  • A can opener!
  • Mess kits – plates, cups, and utensils for eating, disposable or reusable
  • Prescription medications for several days
  • Multi-tool
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Duct tape – good for fixing anything!
  • Battery packs
  • Sleeping bags – provide warmth and ability to bring anywhere for sleeping
  • Matches – allow you to start your own fires for warmth and light
  • Books and games – gives something to keep people, especially children, busy in extended emergency situations
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Extra clothes

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