With a new year comes new goals and new year’s resolutions to help live a healthier, happier life. So why not include some simple new year’s resolutions to keep your family safe and ready to respond in an emergency?
Here are four important tasks to add to your 2020 resolution list.
1. Update your emergency contact information.
Add emergency contacts to the speed dial on each of your family member’s mobile devices. Consider adding other important numbers like the Poison Control Hotline (1-800-222-1222).
Take time to print out an emergency contact list and place it an openly visible area of your home (ex: on the fridge or on the family command center bulletin). This is especially important if you have young children. Walk through each of the emergency contact numbers and give your children scenarios of when they may need to use them.
2. Restock your first aid kit and create an emergency survival kit.
Over time, first aid supplies can go missing from the little cuts and bruises that happen throughout the year. Take a quick inventory and replace any supplies that may be needed. Or grab a convenient family first aid kit that includes all of the essentials. Don’t forget to add a small first aid kit to your car, so you’re ready to respond on the road.
You should also have a basic survival kit that includes your fully-stocked first aid kit and enough food and water for at least three days. Include any other needs specific to your family, like medications and pet supplies.
3. Sign-up for emergency notifications.
Sign–up for your community’s emergency alert system so you can stay informed of developments in your area during an emergency. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
4. Take a CPR, AED and First Aid class.
A CPR, AED and First Aid class will prepare you to respond to a multitude of emergencies. It allows for hands-on practice of life-saving skills and provides a basic understanding of common medical emergencies.
Grab your friends and family and make it an event. You can quickly locate an EMS Safety Instructor near you or search for classes in your area. A few hours of training can save a life.