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Four Simple Things You Can Do to Become Prepared for Disasters
October 21, 2012
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The "Earthquake Prophet of Doom" James Roddey has put together four steps that people can use to get started on their preparedness journey.  Normally, one might say, "Store Water" but I kind of like his list.  

 

The cell phone is a good tip, and if you can get people to read a book like Amanda Ripley's then they are probably on their way towards becoming better prepared.  

 

Leave a comment if you agree or disagree with James' items, add/substitute/complain!

 

Four Simple Things you can do this Week

1. Set up an out of state contact that knows how to text
Emergency response experts tell us the only way you may be able to
communicate after a big disaster is by text or Tweet, and by
contacting someone out of state as local communication channels
will be clogged. Make sure everyone knows to check in with the
contact person if you are separated.

2. Turn your phone into your most important safety tool
From emergency contact numbers to first aid/ CPR instructions,
your phone can be a life saver. Download flashlight, GPS, Red
Cross and I.C.E. apps. Create a list of: rally points, prescription
medicine, food and medical allergies. Keep photos of loved ones
and pets handy. Access important documents any time via
Dropbox or the cloud.
 
3. Visit a website
If your house was burning, what would you take with you?
It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and
sentimental. It’s also a good way to start a conversation
with family members or co-workers about putting
together an emergency plan • www.theburninghouse.com
 
4. Read a book
In this engrossing and insightful book, you’ll learn the science
behind how your body and mind react in a crisis. More
importantly, The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley will help you
understand and shape your response when the chips are down
and the worst happens. As Craig Fugate, Director of FEMA says,
“It’s time to get in touch with our survival instinct.”
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