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Preparing for Disasters Both Big and Small

by Heather Roulo

Disaster preparedness itemsThe unexpected is all part of life. When disaster strikes, it is best to have already prepared so you can focus on coping with the tough situation.

It isn’t fun to think about disasters, which is one reason FEMA and the CDC briefly reminded people of how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. If that can’t make you smile, what disaster can? On the West Coast, the more likely threats might include earthquakes, fires, floods, winter storms, and the occasional volcanic eruption. If you’re close to the water, there’s even the rare tsunami. However, it is reassuring to realize that all of these threats are infrequent, and in most cases, do not require emergency action.

For most of us, the next disastrous situation will likely be a household injury, power outage, or a broken-down car. For that reason, at a minimum, you should have BandAids, a first aid kit, flashlight, a rainy-day fund, and a cell phone. With those things, you can handle the quick knocks life sometimes throws our way. If you live in a house, know where your gas and water shutoffs are and the location of your circuit breakers. Check smoke detectors regularly and have a carbon monoxide detector near fuel-burning appliances and fireplaces. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

If you have the chance, plan to help others by attending a first aid class and … Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue.