10 things you should do to prepare for an emergency

This content originally appeared on Flourish, a blog owned by Palmetto Health. Used with permission

Making sure you have bottled water and bread is important during an emergency, but there are other steps you should take that will help you and your family. Palmetto Health’s Emergency Management Team, which leads the hospital system’s efforts during disasters such as hurricanes, offers these 10 suggestions:

  1. Listen to weather forecasts so you plan ahead.
  2. Fill up your car with gas.
  3. Keep cash on hand.
  4. Charge cell phones and have chargers handy.
  5. Activate your family emergency plan that includes alternative arrangements should the need arise to leave your home.
  6. Make provisions for special needs family members such as the elderly, disabled, medically affected or infants. If you are dependent on electric-powered medical equipment, seek alternate arrangements in the event of an outage.
  7. Make a list of emergency phone numbers.
  8. Keep a first-aid kit in your home and one in your car.
  9. Keep one gallon of bottled water available for each person in the household for each anticipated day without electric service.
  10. If your home is served by well water, fill a bathtub with water for sanitation use.

It is also important to keep the following items on hand:

  • Fresh batteries
  • A portable radio
  • Flashlights
  • A manual can opener
  • Matches
  • A battery-operated or wind-up clock
  • Non-perishable food (canned and dried food)
  • Fuses
  • Sterno
  • Charcoal and propane to use with grill
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