Is Your Family Prepared in the Event of an Emergency?

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Published on October 05, 2016 with No Comments

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While most people don’t like to think about worst case scenarios, giving them their proper consideration can ultimately offer peace of mind.

Now is always the best time to get your home and family ready for a range of emergencies. Here are three steps to take.

Stock Up

Every home should contain a supply kit that includes a surplus of nonperishable food items, as well as fresh bottled water. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends one gallon per person in your household per day for three days.

FEMA also recommends that the kit include prescription medications for everyone in the family, personal hygiene items, a flashlight, extra batteries and matches, amongst other items. For a complete list, visit

Free Yourself of Your Phone

While we all know that smartphone technology and other mobile devices offer us useful information, in an emergency scenario these devices may lose their signal or their battery life. Stay prepared and informed no matter what happens with wearable technology that is not at the mercy of a cellphone tower or a battery that needs to be recharged every few hours.

For example Casio’s PRO TREK PRG300 timepieces feature functions like an altimeter, compass and barometer (great for staying aware of changes in temperature or air pressure). They also deliver this information hands-free, which can be useful any day of the week but extra valuable in an emergency.

Get Insured

Is your home and property properly insured? Know what your homeowners insurance covers and determine whether it is sufficient to meet your needs. For example, homeowners insurance policies do not typically cover flooding, which requires separate coverage. Learn more about your home’s primary risks and get covered now, before it’s too late.

No one has a crystal ball that can see into the future, so to best protect your family and your home, get prepared for everything.

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Take Time to Build an Emergency Preparedness Kit

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is encouraging all Hoosiers to take time to put together an emergency preparedness kit.

A disaster or emergency, such as a winter storm, tornado or flooding, may leave households without electricity, heat or even clean running water. In an emergency, Hoosiers may also be cut off from local groceries and services or even from immediate response from police, fire or rescue personnel. Having a preparedness kit that is readily accessible can help to mitigate the effects of various emergencies, and they can be put together at a reasonable cost.

Listed below are items Hoosiers should consider adding to preparedness kits:

  • • Non-perishable food items that can last up to three days.
  • • One gallon of water per person per day.
  • • First aid kit that includes items like bandages, antibiotic ointment, over-the-counter pain reliever and sunscreen.
  • • Manual can opener, as powered can openers may not be usable due to a power outage.
  • • Blankets and extra clothing, such as sturdy shoes and long-sleeve shirts, should also be considered.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA has provided various resources to encourage citizens to take action to improve emergency preparedness. For more information about resources, visit

For more information regarding emergency preparedness kits, visit

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