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Be ready for disaster with an emergency checklist

Posted on: Thursday, July 6th, 2017

While it’s impossible to anticipate the unknown, one of the best ways to get your family ready for a disaster is to prepare an emergency checklist. Writing down a plan of action is a great way to be better prepared for an unexpected and dangerous situation, such as a fire, flood or other natural disaster.

Below, we’ve pulled together recommendations from emergency-planning experts, including the American Red Cross, about the types of items that should make your family’s emergency checklist.

  • Medical history and medication requirements for each family member.
  • Treatment contingency plan for any family member’s special needs, such as having a backup generator in case power is needed to operate medical equipment.
  • Contact information for neighbors and professionals (both local and out-of-state) whom your family knows well.
  • Response plan for power outages and injuries.
  • Home floor plan with two escape routes per room as well as safe spots inside the building for different types of disasters.
  • Names of emergency meeting places to visit if separated during a crisis. For a fire, the location should be near your home; for a disaster that would prevent you from returning home, the location should be outside your neighborhood.

Paul W. Kosmal

Senior Account Executive at Allied Insurance Managers, Inc.
Paul received a BBA from Western Michigan University, majoring in their renowned Sales and Business Marketing Program. Paul has also attained three prestigious Insurance Designations, Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Licensed Insurance Counselor (LIC) and Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA)

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