June is National Safety Month - Emergency Preparedness (safetymonth)

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June is National Safety Month - Be Prepared for the Unexpected!

Submitted by Lorene Bartos, UNL Extension Educator

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June is National Safety Month. This gives everyone a chance to stop and think about what safety practices can take place during the year. Safety is important year round even so a special emphasis month gives us a time to take action. As we know in Nebraska this time of year can bring about many unexpected emergencies due to weather.

The National Safety Council gives the following tips for begin prepared for emergencies:

  • Designate a safe place to take shelter in the home during a weather event.
  • Keep flashlights and extra batteries on each floor of the house, in easy-to-find places.
  • Post emergency phone numbers near the phone. Keep cell phones charged and working.
  • Create an emergency kit and keep it in a readily accessible place in the home. It should include a weather radio, batteries, a first aid kit, candles and flashlights, matches.
  • Develop an emergency plan, detailing where to go in specific emergencies, and where everyone should meet after evacuation. This should include instructions pertaining to family pets.
  • Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways out of the home. Get a safety ladder if an exit is on the second floor. Each family member must know how to operate locks, doors and windows.
  • A larger emergency supply kit should be kept in a safe place, containing a three-day supply of water (one gallon per day, per person), a three-day supply of non-perishable food, a first aid kit, medications, entertainment items, family documents, extra clothing and bedding.
  • Encourage family members to learn first aid and CPR.
  • Install and check smoke alarms and CO detectors. Have fire extinguishers handy and know how to use them.
  • Know how to shut off water, gas and electricity to your home.
  • In case of evacuation, determine several routes out of your town. Keep your car's gas tank at least half-full and leave room in the trunk for emergency supplies.
  • Make a written inventory with photographs of all valuable items, and keep an extra copy outside your home.

Take time with you family to review what can happen and what to do in case of emergency. The time you take now to prepare will help in case of emergency.

Expect the unexpected. Be prepared for emergencies.


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(This resource was added June 2007 and appeared in the Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper Sunday edition. For information on reproducing this article or using any photographs or graphics, read the Terms of Use statement)

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