Category Archives: Emergency Preparedness

Are You Prepared for an Emergency Situation?

Emergencies can happen at anytime, are you prepared?  Whether it’s a house fire, vehicle break down, weather emergencies or natural disaster we can’t avoid them happening, but we can be better prepared if and when they do happen. As children many of our parents had a house fire drills. Do you remember having fire drills at school?  We might have thought it was crazy then, but as adults we understand the importance much more.  Do you have a fire emergency plan for your home?  Have you taught your children what to do in the event of a fire?

Here are some tips to follow for making your own Home Fire Escape Plan:

  • Draw a map of your home.  Show all doors and windows.
  • Visit each room. Find two ways out
  • All windows and doors should open easily.  You should be able to use them to get outside.
  • Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working.
  • Pick a meeting place outside. It should be in front of your home.
  • Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.
  • Talk about your plan with everyone in your home.
  • Learn the emergency phone number for your fire department
  • Practice your home fire escape drill

Another way to be prepared for any emergency that may happen is to have a emergency contact list.  This is a great way for your family to be prepared.  Keep a copy of your list in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can easily access in the event of an emergency.

Here is a link to a template that your family can use to get your emergency plan started. Just download and save this to your computer for your own use.

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We hope this information will help you and your family be better prepared for an emergency situation that may happen.

Protecting YOU is our Job

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance



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