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by McKenna & Company

With the recent fires in Southern California and through out the western states along with October being earthquake preparedness month here in California it got me thinking about emergency preparedness. How many times have you said you’re going to go to a class or attend an event but never do because of a busy schedule? As we all know planning is everything in order to be prepared for an emergency. Whether it’s a fire, earthquake, flood or other type of event it will always take you by surprise.

At McKenna & Company we train every month. From reviewing and/or updating processes and procedures, to attending classes, learning to coordinate with emergency responders or dealing with real time events it is something we practice on a regular basis. We have first hand experience from years of managing commercial and industrial centers where we have learned anything can happen and because of it we continue to learn where we need to make improvements and to better prepare our staff should another occurrence happen.

If you don’t know where to start we would like to recommend a list of items that will help. They can be key and even life savers at home, on the road or your place of employment should an emergency occur.

Have an emergency back pack with box water, food rations, first aid, aspirin, matches, a multi purpose tool, sharp pocket knife and paracord.
Tennis shoes, socks, change of clothing, jacket, blanket (something comfortable should you need to hike or relocate) kept in your car at all times. You might also keep a couple extra towels and rags.
A printed list of emergency contact numbers, addresses, insurance information, copies of any important business or work records you might need in case you can’t get to your office and anything that you might need on your computer or server should internet or cell service be disrupted.
Flash light and extra batteries and inexpensive emergency radio.
These are the basics but will definitely come in handy and are what I carry in my car along with additional items being added as my training continues. Recently I used my first aid kit when a member of my sons mountain bike team took a nasty fall (of course I discovered additional items i needed ie. larger bottle of hydrogen peroxide, splints and larger bandages) but I was in a position to help him until his Dad picked him up and took him to the doctor.

You can’t train enough, take a first aid class, get you CPR certification, work with county and local safety services. Most cities have emergency volunteer programs where they will train you to be part of an emergency response team and the classes are excellent. So don’t put off till tomorrow, get started today and make a plan to be ready. Even if you do this once a year you will be amazed how much you learn.

Hopefully you will never need the training but if you do you will be ready!

Till next time.