National Preparedness Month: Home Readiness Checklist

first aid kitSeptember is National Preparedness Month, a time when Americans are urged to make a plan with their family and community for what to do in case of a major catastrophe like a flood, hurricane, wildfire, earthquake, or extended power outage. It’s important to have a plan in place for yourself, your family, your pets, and if you own a business, your business and employees as well.

If you want to make sure your home is prepped and ready in case of an emergency, take a look at this checklist from the National Safety Council:

  • Water- You should have one gallon of water per person, per day- enough for at least 3 days. If you have pets, don’t forget to account for them, too.
  • Nonperishable food- Stock up on enough nonperishable food for your family and pets for at least 3 days, and don’t forget to have a can opener on hand! The best choices are protein-rich foods that can be prepared without electricity, like peanut butter, granola bars, and canned tuna.
  • Radio- Every home should have a battery-powered or hand-crank radio. Without internet and cable, you’ll need a way to hear weather reports or government-issued warnings/alerts.
  • Flashlight- Flashlights are always handy, and you may also want to invest in a battery powered lantern.
  • Batteries- That radio and flashlight won’t do you any good without batteries! Keep them with the flashlight for ease of access.
  • Tools- If you own a home, chances are you have tools hanging out in the garage… somewhere. But in an emergency, it’s important to have what you need on hand without having to hunt through the dark for it. Do yourself a favor before you need it and gather important tools like screwdrivers, wrenches, etc. into one easy-to-grab kit or bag so that you can address repairs or shut off utilities if you need to. Plastic sheeting and duct tape are also great additions to keep handy, as they can be used to protect your home from further water damage in case of a broken window or damaged roof.
  • First aid kit- Much like tools, most people have bandages and other medical supplies stashed somewhere, but what if you needed them in an emergency situation? It’s just smart to have a first aid kit stocked and ready to go with things like aspirin, antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone, a thermometer, bandages, gauze, and tape, scissors, gloves, tweezers, an emergency blanket, and an instant cold compress.
  • Sanitation supplies- Garbage bags are important, and you’ll also want to have hand sanitizer on hand in case the water is shut off or contaminated.
  • Emergency whistle- A whistle is a great thing to throw in to your preparedness supplies, as it can be used to signal for help in an emergency situation.

Is your Woodstock home prepared in case of an extended power outage or some other emergency?

The Premier Group Keller Williams Realty is located on Main Street in Downtown Woodstock, Georgia. Give us a call or contact us online today for help with any of your Woodstock, Towne Lake, or Cherokee County real estate needs. 

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