How to Create an Emergency Preparedness Plan

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What are the three critical steps to create a emergency preparedness plan for your household in case of emergency?

September is National Preparedness Month and IÂ’ll be joining The Clorox Company and Consumer Queen, along with several other bloggers, to spread the word about emergency preparedness.

Disasters can happen quickly and unexpectedly. The most important step to staying safe is being prepared BEFORE an emergency occurs.

Emergency Preparedness Plan

When designing your emergency preparedness plan, you can implement the following three easy steps:

  1. Purchase or build an emergency preparedness kit – Your kit should house enough supplies to last your household a minimum of three days for evacuations and 2 weeks for emergencies at home. Next week, I’ll offer specific tips on building a disaster kit with your family.
  2. Make an emergency preparedness plan – Schedule a meeting in your household to discuss what to do in case you are separated during an emergency. Choose two places to meet – one right outside the house and the other outside your neighborhood.  Be sure to practice and review the plan twice a year!
  3. Get educated – Get to know the types of disasters (e.g. hurricanes, floods or forest fires) prevalent in your area so that you can better tailor both your kit and plan. Find out how local officials will contact residents of your city to advise of important safety information.  AND, get first aid training. Learn critical techniques like CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

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Households should create or purchase an emergency preparedness kit with enough supplies for everyone to last three days for evacuations and two weeks for emergencies at home. Include things like: water, non-perishable food, flashlight, radio, first aid kit, a multi-purpose tool, important medications and copies of personal documents. You may also include household liquid bleach such as Clorox for cleaning and disinfecting and emergency water sanitation.

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Giveaway – Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

Each week I’ll be giving away a $25 gift card so that you can create your own emergency preparedness kit.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post, or re-tweet this post with hashtag #preparedness and leave a comment.

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Disclosure:  As a blog tour participant, I received information and giveaways from The Clorox Company and Consumer Queen at no cost to me. I was compensated for my time by The Clorox Company for participating in this project. All views are my own.


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  1. I’ve been working (slowly) :/ on getting 72 hour kits done for my family! My goal is to have them done by the end of this year. Your tips each week will be very helpful. Thank you!

  2. We had two power outages today, and winter is not far behind, here in Alaska. I am working on my family emergency prepardness plan this week!

  3. The gas explosion in the Bay Area served as a great reminder to copy all the essential documents you would need if you had to start your lives over again: Documents that prove ownership, documents you need to file claims, documents you need to locate accounts, documents to preserve financial information and all personal and family records (birth and marriage certificates, social security, etc).It is also wise to photograph your home and its contents. Put copies in a safe deposit box, or send to a trusted friend. Copy to a disk or flashdrive to save paper.

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