September is National Preparedness Month so DoctorsCare wants to help you be prepared for any emergency with these tips
Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies and a plan in place to ensure you and your family are ready in case of an emergency.
First, put together a plan and discuss it with your family
- How will you receive emergency alerts?
- What shelter plan is in place?
- Do you know your evacuation route?
- Do you have or need to update an emergency preparedness kit*?
*Emergency Preparedness Kit – What do I need?
Here is a checklist of what you should include in your emergency kit, according to the American Red Cross:
- Ideally, you should have at least one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items
- Extra batteries
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert)
- Medication (7-day supply)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents
- Medication list and pertinent medical information
- Proof of address
- Deed/lease to home
- Birth certificates
- Insurance policies
- Family and emergency contact information
- Cell phone and charger
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Maps of the area
Consider your family’s needs as they pertain to the age of children or older parents and grandparents.
Maintain your emergency kit
Don’t wait until an emergency to put your kit together. Make a note to check the items, especially food and medical information, at least once a year and update it as needed.
- Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.
- Store boxed food in tightly closed containers.
- Replace expired items as needed.
Kit storage locations
- Home – Keep the kit in a location that all of your family members know about and can access.
- Work – Have a smaller “grab and go” kit for your office that would last you at least 24 hours.
- Car – Keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car in case you are ever stranded.
DoctorsCare has been serving Clarksville, TN since opening in 2002.
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