Disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. Nobody actively includes “horrible tragedy” in their daily schedule. That is exactly why you should always be ready for disaster. This does not mean you should live in fear; rather, it means you should have a checklist you can run down should an unfortunate incident occur that makes you ready to face it. Preparedness is not paranoia. Read some advice, tips and tricks to ensure that your disaster preparedness is top-notch, including getting CPR certification.

Advance Disaster Preparedness

Disaster preparedness means knowing what you are going to do when the unthinkable happens. You should not live every day worrying about horrible possibilities, but simply know what actions you will take if something goes wrong. In short: always have a plan. Know how to get to somewhere safe. Know how to contact loved ones, how and where to get back with them, and what to do in different situations.

Reliable Information

The first step in preparation is to know where to find reliable information including alerts and warnings, family communications and the best local and national news sources. Carry all vital information in your wallet. That way you can reference it at a moment’s notice.

Disaster Kit

Keep a disaster supply kit in your home and your vehicle, where you can easily access it. This should include enough non-perishable food, water, first aid needs, light, batteries and other supplies to last for at least 3 days.

Understand that relief workers will likely arrive on site relatively soon after a disaster occurs, but they might not be able to get to you right away. It could take days for help actually to reach you. This is why the disaster kit is so important. Should you be somewhere you cannot access your kit, know where you can find supplies. If, for example, you are in a mall when disaster hits, know which stores will have the things you need and where they are.

First Aid and CPR Certification

First Aid TrainingFirst aid training is not just for disaster situations; it is something that everyone should really have. When disasters do occur, being trained in the proper first aid techniques is a vital survival skill. As part of your first aid training, you should consider becoming certified in CPR and emergency life support.

When serious incidents occur, having someone on site who can sustain those with critical injuries very literally saves lives. CPR training and certification takes just a few hours of your time, and it can be some of the best time you spend in your entire life. You can be the difference between a tragic death, and someone seeing their family again after a horrific disaster.

Do you need CPR certification for the home or office? Would you like to renew a certification that has lapsed? If so, Executive CPR can help. Read about our CPR training courses, and get in touch with us to find out how you can get certified today!