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Haiti, New Orleans, now Japan…all places we think of when we consider the power of nature.  Seeing the devastation from last week’s earthquake and tsunami, while the loss is tradgic, the strength and preparedness of the people of Japan is amazing. 

Tragedies can occur anywhere and anytime.  What if your home, neighborhood or city was destroyed?  How difficult a time would you and your family have?

If relying on medication is a part of your daily routine, carry a list of your prescriptions in your wallet or handbag.  Include prescription numbers and the prescribing physician. 

Keep a “stash” of cash available.  If power goes out it could be days or weeks before ATM’s or banks are up and running.  

It is easy to think food is plentiful as your pantry stays stocked.  Seeing entire neighborhoods decimated this week, it makes sense to have an emergency “grab & go kit”.  Replenish every six months with water, dried foods, flash lights, blankets, plastic bags, and change of clothes.   Also include a few days of medicines.

For more emergency ideas and preparedness information check out:

Preparation Nation
FEMA
American Red Cross

It seems with every catastrophe we realize new lessons for preparing for the worst should the same happen here.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan.

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Tips for National Preparedness Month

September is the time to think of how to be prepared should tragedy strike your home, business or family.  National Preparedness Month began in 2004 and is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and many related agencies including the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).

If you have an emergency kit, this month is a good time to review contents and replace batteries, food supplies and fresh water.  You don’t have a kit?  Make one.  In earthquake regions like ours, it could take days to get home if you are out when the big one comes.  So it is best to keep supplies in your car.

A family emergency plan is essential to connect with loved ones should there be a crisis.  Check out Ready.gov for tips to keep everyone connected if you should be separated.

To protect the contents of your home with a home inventory of all your assets to include replacement costs and related information.  Claims are more easily processed when complete information is provided after a loss.

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