If your social media news feed looks like mine you are seeing a lot of coverage regarding the hurricanes blowing up the coast and destroying small islands. It’s scary and families often do not know what to do to prepare. Hurricane season is typically August through October, and it isn’t something we prepare for regularly. But I do find myself routinely worrying about the security of my home. When the folks at SimpliSafe reached out to share tips on how to prepare my family for disaster, or an emergency, I thought it would be a great idea to share their tips with all of you.

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5 Emergency Preparations Your Family Should Work On This September

In a world where it feels like there’s an official month, week, or day for everything, here’s one more occasion to add to your list of things to celebrate. September is National Preparedness Month – a month to get your family and home prepped for emergencies. Here are some ways you can begin making sure your family is prepared this month.

1. Find resources that could help you. The first resources you can set up are emergency alerts. They’re quick to set up and will send text updates to your phone to make you aware of any emergencies that may affect you. Try to follow accounts on social media like BBC World NewsSimpliSafe, and AccuWeather for quick updates on safety and weather. Put together a list of phone numbers, websites, and addresses of resources for emergencies in your area such as the local police and your doctors. Keep this list in a place where everyone in your family can easily access it. After putting together this list, get started on creating an emergency kit. Kits like these are good to keep both in your home and cars. Think about including items like batteries, non-perishable food, and a tool kit.

2. Teach your family about natural disasters. Natural disasters are unfortunately something you don’t have much control over and are often quick to happen. The best you can do to prepare for these is to educate yourself about them and create plans in the case that one occurs near you. Learn about natural disasters that could possibly take place in your area. Find resources for them if there are any near you and share what you learn with your family. Now that you know about the disasters, create a unique plan for each of them. Be sure to keep your family’s needs in mind while creating them. For example, if you have pets, it’s important to consider how you can keep them safe in these situations. Write down your plans for everyone to review and do practice runs of each of them.

3. Practice fire prevention and safety in your home. Just like natural disasters, house fires are typically unexpected. Exercise fire prevention in your home by making sure you all know how to properly use appliances that could lead to fires. Test your smoke detector at least once a month and always have batteries on hand in case they need to be replaced. Create an escape route for every room in the house and practice this plan randomly a few times a year. In the case that a fire does occur, it’s important that your children know how to safely escape and how to react if their clothes catch on fire. There are plenty of resources to make teaching fire safety more fun for kids, like Firefighter Says and coloring sheets. Try calling your local firehouse as well. Firefighters there might have time to teach your family fire safety and show you around the firehouse.

4. Get your older children ready to stay home alone. If you have a child that is old enough to stay home alone, take the steps to make sure they understand how to stay safe. Teach them to safely use potentially dangerous appliances in your home and what to do if someone knocks on the door. Make sure they know where the emergency phone number list is and in what circumstances they should call each number. It’s essential that they know how to correctly lock up the house once you leave as well. If you have a home security system, teach them how to properly arm and disarm it.

5. Make a safe word for your family. Safe words are often overlooked, but are important and have many uses. A safe word can be used to let a family member know that something is wrong or that they need to talk about something bothering them. Create a safe word that others wouldn’t be able to guess – perhaps one of your favorite teacher’s last names or a random city. Talk about instances in which your family might need to use it and what to do if the word is said. Quiz each family member occasionally so no one forgets the word and the plan is in their minds.

What are some ways you prepare your family for emergencies?

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34 Comments on 5 Emergency Preparations Your Family Should Work On This September

  1. My oldest is 13 now and I leave him home alone for short amounts of time. I always give him the talk about making sure his phone is on him, charged and not answering the door for anyone.

  2. I really like these ideas. We aren’t very prepared at all for when an emergency strikes. We luckily live in an area where natural disasters a non existent but a safe word and fire preparation are important

  3. This is great advice for families to take to prepare their family for the unknown. Especially natural disasters and training our older children what to do when home alone.

  4. Living in Florida, near the gulf coast, we are all over preparation for natural disasters! Hurricane season is a long one, or so it feels at times, so we want to be ready at the start of the season, and NOT be like 95% of the rest of them that have to rush last minute to buy all the bread and milk!

  5. All these natural disasters really get you to think. My dog was chipped when we adopted her. But we had never registered the chip. And I worry about losing her if a disaster were to hit. So I finally registered her chip today. It was good to cross that one off my list.

  6. That’s really something that people should give time to. Emergency prep is good especially if you live in an area that’s prone to typhoons or hurricanes. There’s no way to tell what can happen, the best we can do is be prepared.

  7. Being prepared is so important. I live in Florida so natural disasters are something we are always ready for. Thankfully the recent storm didn’t do too much damage in my area, but it pummeled the south.

  8. My kids are too young for any of this yet, but my husband and I keep saying we need a safe word and we never make one. I don’t know what’s wrong with us that we can’t just pick one while we’re talking about it!

  9. This is a great list! After living in Cali, NYC, and now GA… Having a plan is important. One thing I always do is have an emergency meeting place. If being at home isn’t an option, having no a place where everyone meets that’s easy to walk to is also good.

  10. I remember we had a safe word when I was a kid. I never had to use it but was always prepared. It’s a great idea to start teaching your kids how to be prepared for different situations so if the time arises they will know what to do.

  11. This is a great list of ideas for preparedness! My kids are just getting into the age that they understand disaster and emergencies. Having an open line of communication and education is so important for helping our children understand why it is important to have a plan in place.

  12. My daughter saw some footage on tv about the hurricane and got a little scared so I had to tell her about them and remind her that that is why we evacuated so that we wouldn’t be here during a storm.

    I should practice our fire drill again too.

  13. It is so scary what has happened recently. I totally agree, we should all be well prepared incase anything were to happen to us. Its also important for our children to learn too.

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