Preparing Your Family with an Emergency Drill

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If you have kids in the house, or even roommates who act like kids—you know that establishing a routine can be a life-saver. As we’ve mentioned throughout our blog, preparing a family meeting and going over an emergency drill is key to being as safe as possible in a disaster.

You’ll want to start by collecting the emergency supplies you’ll need, ensuring that everyone knows how to use all equipment, and writing down a plan that everyone can understand and remember. Perhaps post a hard copy on your fridge or somewhere that you and your loved ones will be reminded of it regularly.

Next, you may want to get out a calendar! Why? Because it could be a good idea to schedule a regular emergency drill! Whether you plan for them once per month or twice per year, you’ll probably find yourself more relaxed and spending less time lying awake at night.

Of course, there’s a balance between educating your kids and frightening them unduly. So perhaps turn it into a game of sorts!

  • You could invent a scoring system (with prizes!) for the person who can explain the use of the most items in their survival kit.
  • You could also take out your camp stove and cook dinner in your backyard that night, just for kicks! (Taking this opportunity to make sure your food is not expired, your fuel tanks are full and everything is in working order would be wise.)
  • Finally, you could create some kind of race, to see who can grab their supplies and get to your meeting place the fastest.

However you go about preparing your household, it’s always good to have support and make sure you’ve got the latest knowledge on potential risks in your area. So please stay tuned into our blog and contact us if you have any questions!

Article contributed by Sophie Wooding – Avid gardener and cyclist in Victoria, BC and Content Writer for Frontier.io

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