Last year's deadly hurricane season is an important reminder that every family benefits from emergency preparedness. Whether it's wildfires or earthquakes, tornadoes or a flash flood, having a plan of action can help protect your family from extreme weather. Sadly, a lot of people don't have plan for emergency situations until something unfathomable happens. Since September is National Preparedness Month, staying on top of emergency preparedness for babies doesn't have to be complicated. The time it takes to put together a plan may just save some lives.
According to the Ad Council, 69 percent of Americans don't have an emergency plan in place. As a parent, I know how many things my kids require on a typical day, let alone after a natural disaster, so I know that being as prepared as possible is the key to navigating dangerous situations. Parents advisor Irwin Redlener, M.D., director of the Center for National Preparedness at Columbia University, says that even though "disasters are rare, prepping for them is one of those crucial 'just in case' precautions, like having smoke detectors." In other words, even if you never use your family emergency plan, it's important to have one in place.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has detailed preparedness lists and information for every type of natural disaster you can think of, but if your focus is on baby here's how to make sure you have everything you need should an evacuation become necessary: