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Prep for just about any emergency you can think to help you in the long-term and give you peace of mind. Many people have anxiety and worries over something bad happening and yet don’t put the plans in place to prevent it. This post outlines how to prepare for common emergencies.

Always have Insurance

Insurance is an absolute must. It may not stop a car crash or a natural disaster, but it could potentially protect you from being left in the lurch in a big way. Make sure you have the appropriate insurance cover for your home, car, life, and so on. You can’t be too careful when it comes to this!

Know and Prepare Your Home

Knowing your home well and then preparing it accordingly for a disaster to strike will help you greatly. Know where things are; this means getting to know your home as soon as you move in. Know the exits well, and come up with plans for what you’ll do in the event of an emergency. Make sure everything is safe and secured too; take care of issues sooner rather than later. Have home evacuation drills with your family. Make sure everybody is on the same page, and that you even have plans if you separate from one another during an emergency.

If you don’t know what to look for, you can have the fire department come and check out your home, give you some tips and install appropriate alarms as a starting point.

Keep Your Car Well Maintained

Keeping your car well maintained will be something you’re glad you did. Make sure your tire pressures are right, that your oil is full and in good condition, and that you take it for a service before an emergency. You should also avoid driving with very little petrol in the tank. Don’t get stuck in a traffic jam in terrible weather and have your car break down on you!

Prepare for Common Emergencies during Various Seasons

Bear in mind that different emergencies can strike more often during different seasons. People can get snowed in, fires can start due to the heat – the list goes on. Make sure you know what to expect and that you prepare for common emergencies depending on the season.  

Familiarize Yourself with First Aid

Making sure you’re familiar with first aid will help to keep your family and the people around you safe. You may even be able to save a stranger’s life. Buying a first aid kit and other kits, such as a laceration kit can all be helpful depending what the situation is. Do you know CPR? Do you know what to do if somebody starts choking? Now is the time to learn! The Internet is a great source for these things too.

Don’t Crack under Pressure

Make sure you know how to react under pressure. Practice deep breathing exercises and don’t go into panic mode, as you can make silly decisions. You don’t have to prep for a zombie apocalypse, but prepare for common emergencies with the tips here to potentially help you later!

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33 Comments

  1. Useful ideas, Christy! Went back to link this post to an older article [When SHTF is a DAILY Occurrence!] “Stuff” Hits The Fan, btw.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    1. Christy B August 5, 2017

      You. Are. Awesome <3 <3

  2. Sumith August 4, 2017

    Really worth a read. Beautiful post Christy!

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  3. shehannemoore August 4, 2017

    I think the last point is the best xxxxxxxxx

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  4. John Fioravanti August 4, 2017

    Great stuff, Christy. I never did take a CPR course and I pray that doesn’t come back to bite my butt.

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  5. Damyanti Biswas August 4, 2017

    These are excellent tips. I never crack under pressure, only afterwards!

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  6. Swati Awana August 4, 2017

    Really useful post! In our family, my mom is the one who always goes in panic mode in emergency. She needs to read this. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Christy B August 5, 2017

      Hopefully your mom will find this one useful for easing her mind.. Thanks Swati :)

    2. Swati Awana August 6, 2017

      ☺☺

  7. krishnakumarsinghblog August 4, 2017

    good article

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  8. The Thinker August 5, 2017

    The last point is ‘a’, if not ‘the’ most important, easier said than done at times though. On the ‘First Aid’ point, yes it is good to know although, I once trained in first aid, after which, someone said to me, could you actually do it, if you had to, they said they couldn’t, got me thinking..I think the key to most things, most situations, is to remain calm and not to “crack under pressure”, remain logical and sensible. It is amazing how when you sometimes have to face things, things that you thought you may not have been able to deal with, but you do – human nature, natural instinct, at it’s best!

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    1. Christy B August 5, 2017

      It’s like you can learn beforehand how to respond to a bear approaching you so as not to scare him/her but would you remember that in the moment? Still, practicing something like First Aid could save a life one day so I think it’s well worth it.

  9. ztevetevans August 5, 2017

    Good advice! We often take things for granted until they go wrong with our cars and First Aid is always good to know.

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  10. Great post Christy! I think CPR is a big one, luckily with my job, I have to keep this up to date. And choking is another one that I’ve had to familiarize myself with, especially with the little one when she started solids! Thankfully we’ve been okay so far, but I don’t do well under pressure unfortunately. I’d probably run out onto the streets calling for help!

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    1. Christy B August 5, 2017

      Perhaps your adrenaline will kick in and you’ll save the day instead! Positive thinking, right ;) Sending love to you and family!

  11. robbiesinspiration August 5, 2017

    Some very good tips and information here, Christy. The last one is the most important of all.

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    1. Christy B August 5, 2017

      You’re the second one to say that about the last point! xx

    2. robbiesinspiration August 6, 2017

      Must be true then [smile].

  12. Sparkling Dawn August 5, 2017

    Brilliant post Christy. A point from a carers viewpoint. It is worth check whether your local Carers Organisation have an emergency backup system in place. As the sole carer for both my parents, if anything happened to me, or I had to attend hospital with one of them, I cannot leave the other alone. However, our city carers organisation have an emergency backup in place whereby they send a trained nurse to stay here for 48 hours until we can get something in place. This has taken a lot of pressure and worry away from me should I be in an emergency situation.

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  13. macjam47 August 6, 2017

    Excellent tips, Christy. Having a plan and keeping calm are important in an emergency. Most of us know we should plan for emergencies, but often that gets put on the back burner as we feel we have plenty of time to get to it. Unfortunately, emergencies can pop up at any time.

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    1. Christy B August 12, 2017

      You’re right, we put things off…thinking there’s another time for them… I appreciate your understanding the relevance of this post, M xx

    2. macjam47 August 12, 2017

      Hugs, my dear friend.

    3. Christy B August 12, 2017

      Awww <3 Enjoy your weekend

  14. dgkaye August 7, 2017

    Great tips Christy. We aren’t all medically inclined but there are basics we should all know in case we’re faced with a situation. <3

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    1. Christy B August 25, 2017

      Thank you, Debby, for your reads and comments, as well as the shares <3 I hope you have a beautiful weekend ahead :)

    2. dgkaye August 25, 2017

      Most welcome my friend. It’s a pleasure. :) <3 Happy weekend to you too. <3

    3. Christy B August 26, 2017

      :)

  15. winnieandpearlesadventures August 14, 2017

    Liked your article , you can also prepare your vehicle for emergencies in case you do not make it home for example I keep what I call a bug out bag its a military term..in it i have a emergency blanket, waterproof matches, water purifying tablets, knife, zip ties and rope, candle and energy bars to name a few items. I also always have a flashlight and gasoline jerry cans filled. Just recently I was caught in those BC fires and some gas stations ran out of gas and there were long lineups at others but I was okay and keep on trucking.

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    1. Christy B August 14, 2017

      Thanks for the additional tips here!

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