Updated: Jan 16, 2019
Emergencies and disasters can come with little to no warning. You must plan ahead to make sure you have some of the essentials during these situations.
1. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training - It is a known fact that CPR saves lives. This important skill will prove valuable during an emergency when a life is at stake. Often times, it may take longer than expected or the conditions may make it difficult for emergency personnel to navigate to the scene quickly. You can respond by starting CPR until help arrives. The chances of survival are greater if high quality CPR is started immediately. Be prepared. Make sure your certification is renewed every two years. If you have never been trained, take the time to find a class that suits your needs. Zing Life Services offers several classes including Introduction to CPR, HeartSaver CPR and CPR for Healthcare Providers. Visit our website (www.zinglifeservices.com) for more information or find a center near you to complete this training.
2. First Aid Kit - This is where you will keep items such as bandaids, gauze, ointments and skin cleaners just to name a few. The size of the kit can range from travel or pocket to deluxe. The main idea is to have all items together in a convenient, easy to carry case. Be sure to check supplies and restock when necessary. To find a First Aid Kit, visit our website (www.zinglifeservices.com) or visit your local pharmacy or medical supply store.
3. Emergency Supply Kit - This kit will include essential items that you will need in an emergency. These items satisfy our basic needs. Even in an emergency there are some basic needs that must be satisfied.
-Water: One gallon of water per day per person for drinking and hygiene use.
-Food: Non-perishable items should be included as they have a long shelf life and do not require refrigeration.
-Clothes: Two basic outfits that can be worn regardless of the weather.
Do not forget that you will keep this kit packed and ready to use at all times so check it periodically to make sure all the supplies are included. It is a great idea to keep a list of all included items and their expiration date. This will help you determine what is missing or needs replacing. Download your emergency checklist here. For more information, watch the following video.
4. Documents - We all have important documents. These may include living wills, deeds, birth/death certificates, insurance policies and more. Documents can get burned, blown away or even saturated with water during floods. Consider a fire proof portable safe. If that is not realistic, then slide your items into zip lock bags and put them in hard plastic or glass containers.
5. Cash - If you have large amounts of cash on hand, try to deposit at the bank in either an account or a safety deposit box. However, you do need some cash. Why? Because if the electricity is off, then the ATM machines will not work. Also, you may need to use cash to make purchases. Many merchants are not able to accept debit/credit card purchases during emergencies because the systems will not be available.
Prepare now for emergency situations later. Use the items included here to get started.