Monday, September 13, 2010

What are you prepared for?

Lately I've been thinking a lot about Preparedness Month and all of things you can be prepared for. For example, any gracious pet owner who carries "doggy bags" while out for a walk with their mutt is prepared; Or those who have spare tires in the back of their car; Or those who always make sure to have extra toilet paper at home in case of emergencies.

Being prepared can mean a multitude of things. Parents who carry a diaper bag with food, a change of clothes, and toys for distraction; making sure you have your phone charger in the car in case it dies; putting a Tide-To-Go pen in your purse in case of spills; even having a credit card keeps you prepared in case of financial emergencies.

People prepare themselves everyday when they take a sweatshirt or umbrella if there's a chance of rain, or even when they bring a lunch or snacks with them to work, in case of hunger. So why is it so hard for some of us to put food, water, a first aid kit and other supplies in a back pack in case of disasters, or to get off the couch and take a CPR class? Many people think, "Oh a disaster won't happen to me!" or "If a disaster happens, someone else will take care of me."

Well guess what, disasters happen everyday, and you never know when they might happen to you. So take the first steps in preparing yourself and your family. Put together a 72-hour kit, make a family plan, and sign up to certify in First Aid and CPR. Take the extra step in being prepared.

Happy Preparedness Month!!

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