Tuesday, June 9, 2009

LISTS of what you need in a Disaster

There are lots of places to go to find Emergency lists. Many lists on the Internet are put out by commercial vendors and all of them have important information and things you will want to remember. We like the lists put out by FEMA and the American Red Cross. http://www.fema.gov/

Emergency Checklist
Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit

Assemble supplies you might need in an
evacuation. Store them in an easy-to-carry
container such as a backpack or duffel bag.

  • A supply of water (one gallon per
    person per day). Store water in
    sealed, unbreakable containers.
    Identify the storage date and replace
    every six months.
  • A supply of non-perishable packaged
    or canned food and a non-electric
    can opener.
  • A change of clothing, rain gear and
    sturdy shoes.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags.
  • A first aid kit and prescription
  • An extra pair of glasses
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlight
    and plenty of extra batteries.
  • Credit cards and cash.
  • An extra set of car keys.
  • A list of family physicians.
  • A list of important family information;
    the style and serial number of
    medical devices such as pacemakers.
  • Special items for infants, elderly or
    disabled family members.

Find out which disasters could
occur in your area.

Ask how to prepare for each disaster.

Ask how you would be warned of an emergency.

Learn your community’s evacuation routes.

Ask about special assistance for elderly or disabled persons.

Ask your workplace about emergency plans.

Learn about emergency plans for your children’s school or day care center.

Create an Emergency Plan

  • Meet with household members to
    discuss the dangers of fire, severe
    weather, earthquakes and other
    emergencies. Explain how to
    respond to each.
  • Find the safe spots in your home
    for each type of disaster.
  • Discuss what to do about power
    outages and personal injuries.
  • Draw a floor plan of your home.
    Mark two escape routes from each
  • Show family members how to turn
    off the water, gas and electricity at
    main switches when necessary.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers
    near telephones
  • Teach children how and when to
    call 911, police and fire.
  • Instruct household members to turn
    on the radio for emergency information
  • Pick one out-of-state and one local
    friend or relative for family members
    to call if separated during a disaster
    (it is often easier to call out-of-state
    than within the affected area).
  • Teach children your out-of-state
    contact’s phone numbers.
  • Pick two emergency meeting places.
    1) A place near your home in case
    of a fire.
    2) A place outside your neighborhood
    in case you cannot return
    home after a disaster.
  • Take a basic first aid and CPR class.
  • Keep family records in a water and
    fire-proof container.

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Call Your Emergency Management Office
or American Red Cross Chapter if you have any questions

Monday, June 8, 2009

Because I lOVE YOU, I've prepared everything for you.

We do not know when a disaster strikes if we will be around to handle things. It may be someone we love who will be there trying to make sense of our files and piles. We have found a list prepared by Angela Dayton. She called it "Because I love you, I’ve prepared everything for you"
Things happen and disasters strike, life is not always smooth. The following list will be a blessing to those you love and maybe even to you if you have to leave your home in an emergency situation. If you have to help a family member put life back together you will be glad you took time to do all of these things.

Share it with the ones you love.
 Full Name
 Birth Date (Month, Day, Year)
 Birthplace (City and State)
 Father’s Full Name
 Mother’s Full Name (include Maiden Name)
 Social Security Number
 Veteran’s Discharge or Claim Number
o Branch of Service
o Serial Number
o Date Enlisted
o Rank At Discharge
o Date Discharged
o Discharge On File At
o Name Of Wars
 Education Level
 Marital Status
o Spouse’s Name
o Spouse’s Maiden Name
o Date of Marriage
o Place of Marriage
PAPERWORK Put it together or tell us where they are!
 Deed to the House
 Deed to Cemetery Plot
 Birth Certificate
 Power of Attorney
 Stock Account Statements
 Bank/Credit Union Account Statements
 Credit Card Statements
 Health Insurance Card
 Memberships Documents
 Life Insurance Policies
 Casualty Insurance Policy
 Death Benefits
 Social Security Statements
 Trade Union
 Fraternal Benefits
 Military Benefits
 Utilities’ Statements
 Email Account Information
 Social Networking Account Information
 Funeral Service Preference (i.e. songs, scripture, pallbearers, speakers, etc.)
 Written Obituary
 Cemetery Plot Choice
 Casket Choice
 Headstone Choice
 Headstone Engraving
 Flower Preference
 Clothing/Jewelry Preference
 List of immediate family, church leadership, close friends and employer or business colleagues
 Estate Executor
 Insurance Companies (Life, Health, etc.)
 Social Security Administration
 Financial Advisors
 Credit Card Companies
 Bank/Credit Union Companies
 Utility Companies
 Landlord (if renting)
 Post Office