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Peace of Mind

By Cindy Morrow
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When I made our family’s kit, I added a deck of cards, a long-burning emergency candle and feminine products. If your home is like mine and often shelters three or four generations, consider the needs of the very young as well as the elderly: diapers and infant formula. A great resource is www.ready.gov. They have a comprehensive section of ideas for every situation.

Because our family lives less than a mile from a railroad track and within a couple of miles of an interstate, I chose to follow the plan for the ‘shelter-in-place’ on the web site, basically guidelines for sealing a room in your home to block out airborne contaminates. Statistically, our family has a greater chance a semi-truck or railcar accident will spill chlorine gas or some other hazardous material than of terrorist-released small pox. If you live in an urban setting or a densely populated area, decide what your family’s biggest risk is, and plan accordingly.

By making a plan and an emergency kit for your family and those you care for, you can have one less thing on that checklist in your mind. These easy steps will leave anyone responsible for the care of others prepared, and that preparation will breed confidence; a confidence that you have one less thing to worry about. And that can ease the burden on your shoulders just a bit.
 


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