March 22, 2011

Are you really prepared if disaster strikes?

With many of our thoughts and sympathies with the people of Japan, I am seeing a lot of blogs about disaster preparedness plans and having one. I think this is a good thing to have regardless of where you live, or what might happen. What ever you do, it is always good to be prepared.

Comment: Everyone talks the talk, but do they really walk the walk. Everyone seems to have a plan, but at best they are incomplete. Nothing is mentioned about replenishing perishable insulin or rotating oldest medications out and fresh in. Even water needs to be refreshed if stored in plastic.  Make sure that you have extra batteries for meters, flashlights, and other equipment.  If you have other supplies that expire with age, make sure they are rotated out and used and replace with fresh.

Another idea missing from most plans is where is this emergency supply kit to be stored. And think about whether you can get to it in an emergency and before you leave. Insulin requires refrigeration and most kits are probably not stored in the refrigerator. If you are on oral medications, then you may be one step ahead of others. What ever you decide, do not put something together and then forget about it. If any of your medications require refrigeration, you may be locked as to where you store your emergency kit. Have a year-round plan to update medications and not let them expire.

These are just some thoughts that crossed my mind while reading many of the plans.
I am not even saying that what I wrote almost seven months ago is always the best, but it may be worth rereading. The link is here.

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