June is home safety month and is a good time to look for changes and improvements to make your home safer and to prepare for unexpected emergencies.
Planning ahead can keep you safe if a flood, fire, flu pandemic, terrorist attack, or other public health emergency strikes. Home Safety Month is a perfect time to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that each family get an emergency kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed of the emergency resources available in their community. You can take these steps to prepare for an emergency:
- Do a walk-through of your home.
- Check your smoke alarms, child safety locks, and first aid supplies.
- Get an emergency supply kit.
- Make a family emergency plan.
- Stay informed.
Here are a few simple items you can gather today to prepare for an
- At least 3 gallons of water for each member of your family
- Food for at least 3 days—choose foods that don’t need a
- refrigerator, like canned fruit, energy bars, peanut butter, and
- Prescription medicines that you take every day, like heart or
- diabetes medicine
- A first aid kit to treat cuts, burns, and other injuries
Learn more about keeping your home and family safe: