Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Children, Natural Disaster's and Allergies..Are You Prepared?

Since hurricane Sandy, I’ve been trying to prepare for the next possible disaster. Everyone in my family has some kind of allergy, and I wasn’t prepared when Sandy hit. This article will help you with dealing with your child  allergies during a disaster.
Step 1:
Plan for the disaster such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, snow and ice. When you plan ahead of time, you can ensure your child needs will be met during this emergency situation.
Step 2:
Start to build your disaster kit. As a parent, you know your child or your medical and food allergy. Some of the basic things to have in your kit will be water, any safe food that you or your child can eat, any medicines or medical records you may need.
If your family has medication needs, be sure to have enough on hand during the disaster. It’s important to have daily medication or emergency medication that your family might need. The American Red Cross suggests seven days of medication in your disaster kit. Make sure you label the date the first medication expires and check it frequently to update your kit. Your neighborhood pharmacist may be able to give you labels so check with them.
Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) suggests that you have enough non-perishable food for your family for a minimum of three days for each person – and depending on your area you might need more. Have food in containers that will be easy to grab and go in case of an emergency, like a bag or plastic bin with handles. It is a good idea to make sure you pack food that doesn’t need a microwave or stove because sometimes you might not have access to this after a disaster.
During a disaster, your water supply might be in jeopardy. So the American Red Cross suggest a gallon of water per person per day. As a family always have on hand a three day supply for evaluations and a two week supply for shelter situation or living.
Don’t forget to add the extra things you need in your kit such as disposable diapers, wipes, hand sanitizers, batteries, flashlights, written list of your emergency contacts, copy of your child’s emergency plan, changing clothes for each member of your family.
I hope this article helps you plan for those just in case situations.



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27 comments:

  1. Truly informative! I've not experienced a major natural disaster, by God's grace! But this article will definitely come in handy.
    Dropping in from UBC.

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    1. Me too! Thanks for reading the article.

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  2. Good Idea to always be prepared... crazy times!

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  3. Helpful article, very informative. I live in an area that is prone to tornadoes, so we keep our emergency kit readily available at all times.
    Dropping in from UBC.

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    1. Thank you so much Penny. I'm so sorry you live in a tornadoe area. I'm so happy you have your emergency kit ready.

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  4. What helpful information! Sounds like you gleaned a lot of practical experience the hard way though. I know that we even have to have things set up for animals during natural disasters to help them. Thank you for sharing!
    Amy

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  5. That is a great reminder. My kids don't have allergies, but I do and I am soooo not prepared.

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  6. Thank you for the good ideas. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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  7. This is very helpful. Definitely can never be too prepared for unexpected natural disasters. Hurricane Sandy was a big eye opener.

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  8. This is a very informative post. Thank you for sharing these tips.

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  9. Great information to have! We don't live in an area that has had many ntural disasters in its history thank God, but I always like to be prepared - nature is unpredictable!

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  10. We have tornadoes here in Ohio and they teach about what to do in school and we have our own emergency situation mapped out! It's always better to be prepared!

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    1. I'm so happy that Ohio teaches you what to do in case of a tornadoes.

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  11. very informative! i hope new parents gets to read this as well. it will help them no to panic under such circumstance

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    1. I agree. I have posted the article every site that has parent's as well. I hope you pass the article along as well. Thank for reading.

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  12. I never stopped to think how people with allergies are affected by natural disasters... we rarely have anything happen in our neck of the woods. But, I always have a flashlight ready and those flameless, battery-operated candles.

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    1. Since being diagnosed with gluten allergies, this has become a big importance to try to make sure I have the proper food and my children have the proper food as well. You just never know, what's going to happen.

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  13. Being prepared is always a good thing. Being prepared when you have allergies is a great thing!

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  14. What a great idea. I guess I never thought about this either. Good to have a plan. Amber N

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  15. Great tips. Being prepared for different scenarios is so important especially when someone has allergies or other medical conditions,

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  16. It is a great tip to be prepared. Though we are far inland the threat of tornadoes is real. We try to have a "important" stuff bag with snacks, clothes, hand sanitizer, medicine, flashlights and important papers that we can grab and take with us to the hiding spot if a tornado does hit.

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    1. I am so happy that you have an important bag!

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  17. great tips. we have extra medication on hand because we never know if the pharmacy won't be able to get it to us if we run out.

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  18. Great tips! I am a mini prepper lol. I have our emergency kits in totes with extras we need already set up, I have our meds in an easy access area. It is important to be prepared!

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