If a natural disaster hit today, would you be prepared? Do you and your family or co-workers have a plan? Food? Bomb shelter…? Anything?
On this episode we’re talking to Skyler Hallgren who’s the Co-Founder of Redfora- a company that’s created best selling, expert-approved emergency kits for earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes + other disasters.
Over 75,000 people around the world have trusted REDFORA to prepare their families for every kind of emergency; and we’re thrilled to welcome Skyler as our instructor for the day.
WHY IS DISASTER PREPARATION SO IMPORTANT?
Having a plan is crucial and has a huge impact on your ability to react in emergency situations. Whether it’s a natural disaster or something less serious, having a plan is important. Have a conversation with those you care about and have a basic plan- it will allow your brain to focus on the key things to keep your family safe.
TOP 5 TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR HOME EMERGENCY READY:
- Put together an emergency kit.
- Put a pair of shoes under your bed.
- Add a flashlight to your nightstand.
- Create an emergency contact card to get back in touch.
- Have a plan to get back together, plan where you’ll meet.
WHAT ITEMS SHOULD EVERYONE HAVE IN THEIR KIT?
- Food + water with a long shelf life
- Water purification tablets or a filter
- First aid
- Shelter + warmth
- Copies of important documents, map + cash
- Extra prescriptions + contacts/glasses
3-7 days worth is standard, but it depends on where you live.
WHERE DO YOU STORE YOUR KIT?
It varies depending on where you live, but focus on accessibility. The car is a great option. If it’s at home, something stable or near an exit. Outside in a place that’s dry and secure is another option.
ACTION STEPS FOR CREATING A COMMUNITY PLAN
- Get to know your neighbors!
- Pool resources to buy bigger ticket items like generators.
- There are some communities that provide resources and even small grants.
- CERT is a great program to attend with your community: https://www.ready.gov/community-emergency-response-team
- Here are some great guides, created by our friends at Redfora: https://redfora.com/pages/guides
- Figure out the emergency plan for work and school.
- Have a plan to get back in touch with your family. Write out a contact card.
- Have a conversation with your loved ones about how and where you’ll meet up.
- Do a simple home walk through and look for: safe places, emergency exits, potential hazards etc.
- Put together your emergency kit.
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