How To Be Prepared For Parent Emergencies

How To Be Prepared For Parent Emergencies

Posted on 04. Apr, 2012 by in Family

No one likes emergencies, especially when they have to do with your children. Anything from a nasty fall to a simple bee sting can turn into a nightmare if you are without the proper preparations.

But it pays to be prepared in case one should strike.

Here are six ways to be proactive should any emergencies occur.

1. Know CPR

This simple yet highly effective skill could literally save someone’s life.

CPR classes are widely offered around your town and are normally set at a very low and affordable price.

You can even find some classes to take online through the Red Cross‘ site.

2. Have First Aid Kits Everywhere

I mean everywhere – places like your car, the rooms that you’re in most often, your car’s glove box, even your purse – these little kits come in handy for small cuts and scrapes as well as more serious injuries.

3. Carry Emergency Contact Cards

Every one of your family members should have an emergency contact card on them at all times.

This way, should anything happen while they’re not with you, the emergency response crew will know whom to contact immediately.

Jot down the basics – parents’ names, phone numbers, allergies to meds, age, birth date, and so on.

There are even printable ones online here.

4. Have A List Of Emergency Numbers Handy

Include numbers to the Poison Control, your nearest Police Station, nearest hospital, and your doctor.

If you use a babysitter, include their number so you can contact them quickly should you need to take someone to the hospital.

Any person, center, or clinic that you think you may need to call should something happen – include their number on your list.

5. Check Your Smoke Alarms

You should be testing these regularly so if you’re not, make that a priority and add it to your to-do list.

It’s also the law now to have a working carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home, and most of the newer smoke alarms are also carbon monoxide detectors as well.

If yours take emergency backup batteries, change them if you haven’t in a while.

These little detectors will save your family’s life if they’re working properly, so make it a priority to ensure they are.

6. Have An Emergency Plan And Kit

Draw up an emergency plan if a fire should happen, someone gets seriously injured, if someone is ever lost, and even if you live in an area prone to natural disasters.

Find a meeting place, have a list of emergency contacts, include a map on where to meet, and list the steps to follow during the emergency.

Your emergency kit should include things like a first aid kit, water bottles, non-perishable foods, medications, candles, flashlights, batteries, battery-powered radios and cell phone chargers, matches, and some extra cash.


  • Always remember that you can never be too careful should an emergency arise. It’s always better to over pack your emergency kit than to not have something when you really need it.

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