According to the National Weather Service (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hazstats.shtml), for 2012 there were:
- 155 heat-related fatalities
- 29 flood-related fatalities, with a 10 year average of 76
- 70 tornado-related fatalities, with a 10 year average of 109
- 4 hurricane-related deaths, with a 10 year average of 109
I have thought about this topic a lot in the last year. It seems such situations are prevalent in the news. We have 5 children. It weighs heavily on me that we are not adequately prepared, though our pantry is always well stocked.
A blog I recently discovered, called "A Bowl Full of Lemons" has an awesome post on emergency preparedness. Find it here. This links to the "week 1" post. She conquered emergency preparedness for her family over the course of 8 weeks. I need to talk with Pigeon Man, but I would like to get started on this plan. Even if we need more than 8 weeks, doing something is better than doing nothing!
This site has a good post as well - http://www.disaster-survival-resources.com/power-outage.html.
Thoughts, comments, ideas welcome!! What have you done to prepare your family? Especially if you have a special needs child - how do you maintain enough medication with insurance company limits on amounts?