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Preparing Your Home For A Disaster

No one wants to think that a disaster, natural or otherwise, will strike at home. After hearing about the tragedies of Hurricane Sandy in the Eastern part of the country, now seems like a smart time to make sure your Kentucky home is ready, just in case. Since a disaster or emergency can strike suddenly, at any time and anywhere, it is important to make sure that the entire family is prepared and informed in these types of events. Here are a few tips that will help your family be as prepared as possible when disaster strikes.

  • Make a plan.

Meet with the members of your family and discuss how you will prepare and respond in an emergency situation. Because these events happen very quickly, it’s important for each member of the family to know what their job is and how they will contact and find each other. In case you cannot get back to your home, highlight two different rendezvous points on a map and route how to get to each destination.

  • Make a disaster kit.

Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.Knowing you have all your basic essentials in one place can give you peace of mind. According to the American Red Cross, you should have a minimum of:

Water—one gallon per person, per day

Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items


Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

Extra batteries

First aid kit

Medications and medical items

Multi-purpose tool

Sanitation and personal hygiene items

Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

Cell phone with chargers

Family and emergency contact information

Extra cash

Emergency blanket

Map(s) of the area

  • Put key safety tasks on the calendar now.

Take the guesswork out of staying prepared by scheduling essential tasks ahead of time, just as you would for dentist and doctor appointments.

Here are the basics:

Clean gutters after the last leaves fall and again in the spring.

Have chimney swept once a year.

Test smoke alarm batteries monthly.

Replace smoke alarm batteries twice a year.

Do you have any other tips you would put into place to ensure your family is prepared?

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