Before the ball fell and we rang in the New Year, many of you must have made New Year’s resolutions for 2022. Bet most just hope for a normal one, right? Many seem to make the same resolution year after year, such as adding exercise into our daily routine, being more organized, and eating healthy. This year I have a New Year’s resolution idea that could prove invaluable. Let us “be determined to be ready” and make a commitment to better prepare our families, homes, or businesses for an emergency.
Here are some ideas on how to gradually implement your resolutions to prepare for an emergency in 2022:
Set a monthly reminder on your calendar to test your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms – The first of each month on your personal or business calendar can serve as a great reminder to test your smoke and CO alarms. Or I tell the children I teach to test on the day they are born each month. Whatever you choose, find a day to remember and let it stick.
Bring an item for your emergency equipment with you every time you go shopping – We learned at the beginning of the year that we absolutely have to be prepared for natural disasters. The emergency kit for your family does not have to be set up all at once. During the first or second month of the year, stock up on canned food, water bottles, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, and other recommended emergency supplies (this will help spread out the cost of setting up your emergency kit). In the meantime, make sure you have downloaded a weather app on your phone.
Set achievable preparedness goals for each month of 2022 – Learning your home escape routes or remembering your family’s emergency communication plan is easier with regular practice. So each month of the year, set yourself small goals like completing your emergency kit, practicing your escape route plan, reviewing the locations for family emergencies, bookmarking useful and mobile sites, and learning about local resources in our area. I sincerely hope that in 2022 you will “Resolve to be ready”. It is a resolution that we can keep and that will prove valuable in the event of a disaster.
Stay tuned for the announcement of an exciting new program that we’ll be rolling out very soon!
Cheers to a happy, healthy, safe and normal 2022!