September is National Preparedness month and October is Fire Safety month, so it seems like a great idea to remind everyone how to be ready for emergencies.
As parents, we always want to make sure that our household is the safest place for our families to be, and we have to take measures to make sure of that. It may seem like common sense, but often times we forget that our homes are equipped with fire alarms and smoke detectors. Making sure that the batteries in them are always working can become a life-saving measure.
Another way to be prepared is simply having our cell phones with us. Did you know that most phones have emergency and Medical ID settings on them? By enabling these settings, emergency responders are able to access limited personal information to provide the safest and best care for you if you find yourself in an emergency in which you are unable to respond. By seeing the emergency information on your phone, first responders are able to access your name, list of medications you may take, allergies, and an emergency contact. These settings are extremely helpful if you are in an accident, working out at the gym, walking on the trails, or hanging out with you children at the park and become non-responsive. Being prepared in case of an accident is the number one reason to set your emergency settings.
Click here for an article on how to access the settings on your Apple device and an article for Android devices. Please keep in mind this information may update over time, so depending on when you read this post, the process may have changed.
These are just a few of the many ways we can be ready and prepared for any emergency. I encourage you to take a moment to set up this setting on your family’s phones, as well as double check to make sure your detectors and alarms are working properly. You can never be too careful!
Sue Jurjevic is the Senior Recreation Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. She can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at email@example.com.