One of the first things that you should have done once you started out on your preparedness journey was to create your emergency plan. We don’t create these plans once and then never look at them again. We need to regularly revise and practice our plan to see where we can improve and help to keep everything fresh in our minds.
If a fire breaks out in the home while you’re asleep, you don’t want to wake in a panic and risk causing accidents that could end severely. By practicing your plan you will instinctively take the right actions during any real emergency. I prefer to review and practice our plans every six months but many people choose to do it annually.
At the very least, once per year you will need to gather the family for a meeting to discuss the plans that have been put in place for various events. Go over the plans and answer any questions that your family members may have. Come to an agreement about what type of equipment and supplies are going to be needed or any additional training that is required.
Take a look through the tabs below to get an idea for some of the ways that you can engage your family and practice your emergency plans. You can scroll along the title headers for more ideas.
Once a month, press the test button to test all of your smoke alarms. It will soon alert you if there is an issue. All batteries should be replaced as soon as needed. Make sure everyone knows what they are to do if the alarms sound. Your smoke alarms should be completely replaced every 10 years.
Look at your fire extinguisher to ensure it is properly charged. Fire extinguishers will not work properly if they are not properly charged. Use the gauge or test button to check proper pressure.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for replacement or recharging fire extinguishers. If the unit is low on pressure, damaged, or corroded, replace it or have it professionally serviced.
Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills at least twice a year. Actually drive evacuation routes so each driver will know the way.
Select alternate routes in case the main evacuation route is blocked during an actual disaster. Mark your evacuation routes on a map; keep the map in your disaster supplies kit.
Remember to follow the advice of local officials during evacuation situations. They will direct you to the safest route, away from roads that may be blocked or put you in further danger.
Replace stored food and water every six months. Replacing your food and water supplies will help ensure freshness.
If you have children then it is a good idea to quiz them every 6 months or so to make sure that they are not forgetting important information such as phone numbers, meeting places, and rules.
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