When securing your home make sure all doors and windows are locked. Leave your home like if you were there.
If you are leaving for a long period of time take all your very important items with you.
Having someone check on your home while you are away. That is if they can.
What to shut off before leaving your home.
Cooking & serving Items - You need to store enough extra water to clean cooking items but to cut down on storing water paper use plates and cups and plastic silverware.
Make sure you store toilet paper, Feminine products, toothpaste, and so on.
Clothing / Bedding - Make sure you have enough blankets to keep warn if the heat goes off.
Land-line telephones may not work during an emergency but cells phone might. One problem is that everyone is going to use the cell phones. The best way to use a cell phone during an emergency is to text the person you want to communicate with. Texting only takes a second to send a message where a phone call ties up the line for the full duration of the phone call.
Portable Radios is a great way to have communication between each other.
AM/FM Radios will keep you informed. The best way to buy them is in a battery powered or crank style.
Weather Radios with S.A.M.E. S.A.M.E. radios are silent until there is a weather emergency which NOAA weather sets off the radio so you can hear the emergency message.
Having the knowledge and understanding to know what to do during an emergency.
Make a schedule of things to do during the day.
Keeping the kids busy and occupied. Have books, puzzles, games, toys and educational materials for them to do.
Having things to do to keep your mind occupied too.
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Where will you retreat? You should have a local place to go and another place possibly out of state.
Plan your trip using back roads. Main roads tend to get backed up.
Prepare for the emergency. Always have a 1/2 tank of gas and have your 72hr kit ready to go.
What to take with you. 72hr kit, money, important papers, meds, pets, food for pets and your weapons.
A bug out shelter is a place you would retreat to other than your own home. The bug out shelter should be out of the danger area.
A bug out shelter can be another location, cabin, building, camper, safety shelter RVs or buses.
Wills, Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Pass Ports, Bank & Financial Documents, Church Certificates, Social Security Documents and cards, Medical papers, Drivers licenses and other important papers you may have should be kept in a place that you can readily grab them if you have to evacuate your home.
Come up with a word that all family members can memorize and know that there is an emergency. This word should not be used other than this purpose.
Gather your family members periodically to discuss the family code word.
Are You Ready
If everything came to a halt, how would you buy or sell things? Most likely credit and debit cards wouldn't work. Having cash or precious metals may be of great worth. Food and water too.
Many believe that cash may not be worth anything either.
During an emergency stores and drug stores would probably be closed. That means you need to have enough medicine to get through the emergency. Having your prescriptions written for a 90 day supply would most likely give you enough to get through an emergency. If this isn't possible, refill your prescriptions a week early.
Have a gathering spot near your home. Make sure everyone knows where it is. Practice it with your family.
Have a plan on how and where to gather your family together during an emergency when the kids are at school and you are at work.