Emergency Apps and Kits to keep your prepared

emergency appsAs we stated last week September is National Preparedness Month.  This week we will discuss a few tips that could be very helpful for you in case of an emergency caused by a natural disaster.

First we will go over some emergency apps you can download. We will also give you some tips on how to build your own emergency kit.

What would you do if you had to evacuate your home immediately, would you know what to do?  Many times you only have minutes to evacuate.  Here are a few apps that could be very helpful to you in such a situation.

The FEMA APP contains disaster safety tips, interactive emergency kit list and a map with open shelters to name a few.  It also has a disaster report feature allowing you to take and submit photos reports.

Red Cross has a variety of free emergency apps available as well.  Including weather apps for related disasters, state-by-state news, tips and more.  They also have apps for first aid and shelter information.

The American Heart Association offers an app called Pocket First Aid and CPR.

Now on to building an emergency kit.  This is something every household should have readily available as well as keeping one in their vehicle for emergency situations.  One suggestion is to have a “grab and go” emergency bag in the case you need to evacuate.  Here is a checklist from Red Cross on what you should include in this emergency kit.

If you haven’t looked at your first aid kit in a while, maybe now is the time to give it a quick check and see if you have what you need in it.  Red Cross offers these suggestions on what should be in your first aid kit.

If you choose not to make your own kit you always have the option of purchasing an assembled kit from either your local drug store or even online.  There are a variety of options ranging from $5-$40 dollars.

Either way, don’t wait till it’s too late.  Always be prepared, as we never know for certain what mother nature will present us with.

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance

Protecting YOU is our Job

source info: Red Cross, RAIS, FEMA

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