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Do you have an emergency kit in your home? If so, what is in it and where do you keep it?”

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  • Don't forget emergency phone numbers so that you can check on your kids when your away at work or vice versa. What are your daycare providers, nanny, etc emergency procedures. Most of the time your at work or travelling to and from now days. Also, phone lines get jammed in an emergency so have back up plans.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by TamraB on 13th June 2008

  • I think I'm semi-prepared for a variety of emergencies. I have fire extinguishers in various areas of the house and a fire blanket under my bed. The thing that we are lacking in a fire emergency is ladders that we could drop out of the bedroom windows since we live in a two story house. We do have a fire plan that we talk about so that we know what to do and what not to do in case of a fire. Another thing that is missing is a smoke detector in the garage (probably where many fires start).

    We have two emergency/weather radios (one that will turn on and "alert" us of a weather emergency). One weather radio has rechargeable batteries that you crank/wind-up to recharge. It can also use AA batteries. That particular radio also has a flashlight and a siren and can tune into AM/FM radio or television stations in addition to weather channels.

    I have a drawer full of flashlights which the kids use regularly (especially in the summer to explore the backyard after dark). We also have a box centrally located full of extra batteries and some of our flashlights are also rechargeable with crank handles. I keep a wind-up/crank flashlight next to my bed in case of a middle of the night emergency.

    Last but not least I have an bucket full of bandages of all sizes, medical tape, neosporin, ace bandages, and so on in the house. I also have a ziplock baggie in my car with some medical gauze, band-aids and neosporin in case one of the kids falls and skins a knee when we are out and about.

    I feel pretty good about how prepared we are for a variety of emergencies but there is ALWAYS room for improvement. In fact, after reading Amy's comment I realize I need to put some of this stuff in our emergency shelter! DUH! How stoopid that while I know where it is located throughout the house, it isn't actually in the one place we would need it MOST in a tornado situation!!!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by KathyHowe on 11th June 2008

  • We're completely unprepared for these sorts of things...I guess that's a problem huh?

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by mamajama on 5th June 2008

  • Sort of... Not a great answer. I have stored in the basement water, some canned food, a blanket that I think is now trashed. A few years ago I heard the tornado sirens go off. I was home alone with a 2year old and 6 month old and 2 dogs. I took everyone into the basement and waited. Luckily nothing happend, but I was mad that were not prepared in case of an emergency. It usually takes a very close call to figure out what you do need to do. We were actually under a tornado watch this morning, and I was lying in bed planning just in case.
    You would think that we would be better prepared now, especially with my husband being a volunteer firefighter.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Amy on 5th June 2008

  • Sort of... Not a great answer. I have stored in the basement water, some canned food, a blanket that I think is now trashed. A few years ago I heard the tornado sirens go off. I was home alone with a 2year old and 6 month old and 2 dogs. I took everyone into the basement and waited. Luckily nothing happend, but I was mad that were not prepared in case of an emergency. It usually takes a very close call to figure out what you do need to do. We were actually under a tornado watch this morning, and I was lying in bed planning just in case.
    You would think that we would be better prepared now, especially with my husband being a volunteer firefighter.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Amy on 5th June 2008

  • Our power was out for about 3 hours after we got home last night and my husband and I were scrambling to find flashlights and candles from all over the house. This got me thinking about how prepared we are for an emergency, so I am wondering if I'm the only one who is totally unprepared for a real emergency.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by BrendaG on 5th June 2008

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