Resolve to Be PreparedBrian Neville
‘Tis the season to make resolutions; recent polls show that Americans are making a surprising resolution – they are vowing to save more money and be more prepared. It seems we’ve learned the hard way that it’s worth the effort.
FEMA is also encouraging Americans to make individual disaster preparedness plans part of their New Year resolutions. To help, they’ve launched a comprehensive website, Are You Ready?, that provides guidance for making an emergency plan and putting together an emergency kit. The site also offers a free in-depth guide for being prepared for a myriad of emergencies. After reading through the guide, take the online test and if you score 75% or higher, FEMA will send you a certificate of completion.
The 200-page Are You Ready? booklet includes important guidelines for staying safe during a variety of extreme events, including:
- Lighting strikes
- Extreme heat
- Hazardous material spills
- Nuclear accidents and explosions
- Biological emergencies
When it comes to emergency food, FEMA recommends keeping at least a three-day supply of emergency food for your family, pets and service animals in a cool, dry place. Of course, those of us at Wise Food Storage, as well as many of our customers and industry experts, believe it is prudent to have an emergency food supply as food insurance, which can last far longer.
Keep in mind, if you volunteer to work with relief efforts, plan on taking your own food and water.
We at Wise Foods wish you a safe, peaceful 2012 and look forward to helping you keep your new resolution to be prepared.