In our increasingly insecure world, it's more important than ever to be ready for a large-scale emergency or catastrophe, whether it's a natural disaster or a biological attack. The best way to protect your family is to stay prepared. Here's how.
Store and protect essentials in a waterproof box so they're on hand if you need them.
Follow these steps when making an emergency plan for your family.
Pick two meeting spots: one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire; and another outside your neighborhood -- in the event you are evacuated from your home. Children should know the address and phone number of the remote location.
Select someone out of state as your emergency contact. It's often easier to make long-distance calls than local ones in times of high call volume. Consider purchasing a cell phone if you don't own one.
Discuss and frequently review evacuation procedures. Keep instructions simple. The more you get kids involved in planning, the more prepared and less afraid they'll be during an emergency.
Keep these documents in a waterproof, portable container.
Be prepared for any kind of emergency on the road by stocking your car with the following:
Copyright © 2002. Reprinted with permission from the March 2002 issue of Parents magazine.