Keeping The Family Safe During Disaster (Part 2)

Disasters can happen suddenly and without warning. Everything from a home break-in to a flood or a tornado can instantly throw your normal life into a fast paced panic. Planning is everything, and it can be the key factor in saving you and the life of your family.

Last time we talked about the importance of keeping emergency spare cash on hand at all times, as well using an extra mobile phone to dial 911, even if the phone has never had service or has had service shut off.

Now let’s talk about keeping your children informed and ready. This is especially important if you have older children that might be at home alone at times, like during the summer or after school.

Your children should have easy access to any emergency phone numbers that matter: police department, fire department, poison control centers, doctors, and other family members’ contact information. If you have a teen with a cell phone, make sure they have this information programmed in! 911 is easy to remember, but not too many children, or adults for that matter, know poison control center or doctors’ information by heart.

Phone numbers are important for communication and survival. Ensure that your child knows how to get a hold of as many trusted family members as possible in case of serious emergency or events that can separate entire families such as floods and earthquakes.

For children who may arrive home from school before an adult arrives, seeing a supposedly locked door opened or signs of an obvious break-in, fire, or other situation can be frightening. If possible, speak with a neighbor that you know and trust, and have an understanding with your child that if they arrive home to anything suspicious, they are to report to that safe neighbor and contact you or an alternate family member.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.


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