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Is Your Family Prepared for Emergencies?

ready-for-emergencySince all of us here at JSB Security want you to be safe and sound we wanted to talk a little bit about getting prepared for an emergency and staying prepared.

It’s not something that’s easy to keep at the top of a priority list. An “emergency” can feel far-away and vague. It can be easy to make the choice to pay far more attention to today’s business than it is to pay attention to tomorrow’s problem.

But if there is some kind of problem you will really be grateful for any emergency preparedness measures you care to take. Severe weather can pop up any season of the year, for example, and man-made emergencies are always a possibility.

Supplies

You don’t really have to go overboard with supplies. You’re not trying to recreate an episode of Preppers. You’re just trying to make sure you have some things on hand that you might need in an emergency.

Of course, it all starts with food and water. You should have 1 gallon per person per day for up to three days. This is pretty cheap, since you can buy water by the gallon at the grocery store for ninety-nine cents. Canned food is also easy, though you’ll want stuff you don’t really have to cook unless you’re willing to drop a little extra for a power outage stove.

A simple indoor-rated butane burner will run you a little under $25.

After that you’re going to want heat and light. If the power goes out in winter, in fact, heat is going to be your number one concern. If you have a fireplace you’re golden. If not, you need something else.

One heater that does pretty well is a Mr. Buddy Indoor Propane Heater. It’s a space heater, so you have to watch it, but it comes with a host of safety features. It shuts off when oxygen levels are low or if it tips over. People have run carbon monoxide monitors right next to it and they’ve never registered any issues.

Of course, we would urge you to have a carbon monoxide monitor such as the ones we provide ready in your home anyway just in case if you plan to use this type of indoor heater. The carbon monoxide batteries are on battery back-ups just like our alarm systems are, so they could alert you if there was a problem.

Next comes light. I really recommend battery operated lamps, flashlights, and electric candles. Open flame candles are an accident waiting to happen.

Finally you might want information and a way to charge your phone. Some kind of solar phone charger or hand crank phone charger is pretty helpful. Many come with built-in radios so you can get your information without draining your phone.

If you want to spend a lot more money you can, of course, get a generator.

A plan

As Ready.gov points out, there’s really no guarantee that you’ll be home and with everyone when disaster strikes. It’s a really good idea to just make the plan they tell you to make.

It’s also a good idea to keep all your important documents in one ready-to-go place in a closet by the door. And you’re going to want to follow the same advice that fire departments have been giving out for years about developing escape routes and plans for your home.

A monitored alarm system can be a big part of your disaster plan. Criminals often take advantage of the opportunities that disaster brings. For example up north they recently had a huge ice storm that brought a week long power outage to large swaths of the area. Criminals would run around at night looking to see who had abandoned their homes due to the power outage, and they’d strike.

Those with a monitored alarm system would have been safer, simply because their battery back-ups would have continued to protect their home and property even if they were warming up at a relative’s house.

If you’d like to make a monitored alarm system, monitored smoke detector and monitored carbon monoxide detector part of your emergency plan, and you live in the Charlotte, NC area, call us. We’ll be happy to talk to you!

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