Change your batteries and clocks + rotate preparedness stocks this weekend

October 31, 2014

Most people will gain an hour this weekend when they “fall back” early Sunday morning. While you are changing your clocks, it’s also a great time to change the batteries in detectors … and check and rotate items in disaster supplies kits since cooler weather is coming.

Use the following tips to make this a family project and include the kids so they can help choose items for kits and learn where things are, and it’s a good opportunity to discuss your Family Plan.

  • Change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors around your home. Officials suggest you test them at least once a month and completely replace detectors every 10 years.
  • Pull out your home and vehicle kits and rotate stored water, food, medications and other items, and test and/or replace batteries if you stashed some in kits. Remember to pack items for all your pets … or better yet, make special kits for them so those are easy to grab & go during an emergency. Also include winter items in kits like warm clothes and other things described in our Winter driving tips post.
  • If you haven’t already, take some time to make an Escape Plan that includes two escape routes from every room in the house. Draw a floor plan of your home showing doors, windows and stairways. Mark locations of first aid and disaster kits, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, ladders, and utility shut-off points. Next, use a colored pen to draw a broken line or arrow charting at least 2 escape routes from each room … and walk through the routes with your entire family. Then practice, practice, practice by running drills with the family either monthly or quarterly.
  • Update your Family Emergency Plan (this 6-pg PDF checklist can help you set up meeting places [esp with your children in case you are separated during an emergency], ensure all phone numbers are current, think about things for seniors, pets, etc.)
  • Go through Important Family Documents and keep below items in a waterproof, portable safe container and update as needed. Keep copies of papers off-site in safety deposit box or with a family member — or scan all to a flash drive or CD or save to a secure cloud backup service.
    — Extra set of car keys, cash, traveler’s checks and credit card
    — Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
    — Passports, social security #s/cards, immunization records
    — Bank account numbers
    — Credit card numbers, card companies + phone numbers
    — Inventory of valuable household goods
    — Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates, photo IDs)
    — Recent pictures of all family members and pets for i.d. needs

Download a free 56-page mini portion of our IT’S A DISASTER! book to help you with the above steps and learn more about our customizable products and funding ideas at www.fedhealth.net.

Stay safe and have a great weekend, j & B

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It’s that time of year again … change your batteries and clocks + check your preparedness stocks

November 1, 2013

This Sunday (3-Nov-2013) marks the end of Daylight Savings Time meaning most people will gain an hour when they “fall back”.

While you are changing your clocks, it’s also a great time to change the batteries in detectors, and check and rotate items in your disaster kits, bug out bags and other preparedness supply stashes.

Some things to consider doing this weekend include…

  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors around your home. And remember to test them at least once a month and replace your detectors every 10 years.
  • Also test and rotate batteries in your Weather Radios so you’re ready for old man winter.
  • Check and rotate out water, food, medications and other items in your home, vehicle, office and locker preparedness kits. And remember to include items for your pets!
  • If you don’t already run monthly or quarterly drills, prepare and practice escape plans so you and your loved ones can get out of your home safely in case of fire. Tips: Draw a floor plan of your home showing doors, windows and stairways. Mark locations of first aid and disaster kits, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, ladders, and utility shut-off points. Next, use a colored pen to draw a broken line charting at least 2 escape routes from each room. Then practice, practice, practice!
  • Update your Family Emergency Plan (e.g. confirm meeting places [esp with your children in case you are separated during an emergency], ensure all phone numbers are current, etc.)
  • Go through your Important Family Documents to make sure everything is current (e.g. wills, insurance policies, immunization and medical data, credit card #s, recent photos of family and pets, etc.) And if you gave copies of this data to any other family members, make sure they get the updates too.

Download a Family Plan checklist and some free safety tips from our book and learn more about our customizable products and fundraising programs at www.fedhealth.net/look-inside-book.html .

Stay safe, j & B


Change your batteries and clocks and check your preparedness stocks

March 7, 2013

This Sunday (March 10th) is the start of Daylight Savings Time meaning most people will lose an hour when they spring forward.

Even if you don’t observe DST (like us here in Arizona), it’s a great time to change your batteries and clocks and check your preparedness stocks.

Some things to consider doing this weekend…

  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors around your home. And remember to replace your detectors every 10 years.
  • Prepare and practice escape plans so you and your loved ones can get out of your home safely in case of fire.
  • Test and rotate batteries in your Weather Radios so you’re ready for wild spring weather.
  • Check and rotate out water, food and all items in your home, auto, office and locker preparedness kits. Don’t forget to make kits for your critters too!
  • Update your Family Emergency Plan (e.g. confirm meeting places [esp with the little ones in case you are separated during an emergency], ensure all phone numbers are current, etc.)
  • Go through your Important Family Documents to make sure everything is current (e.g. wills, insurance policies, immunization and medical data, credit card #s, recent photos of family and pets, etc.)

For more information about how to make a Family Emergency Plan and tips on developing kits, visit www.fedhealth.net/usfra.html and download a free 57-page mini ebook compliments of Fedhealth and the U.S. First Responders Association. You can also learn more about our customizable products and fundraising programs. Stay safe!


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