Someone once said “Preparedness is the calm before, during and after the storm.” That being said, Mama, are you prepared?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the following tips to help your prepare for an emergency…
- “Talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider about where you will get prenatal care or deliver your baby if your doctor’s office or hospital is closed.
- If you are close to your due date, learn the signs of laborexternal icon and talk to your healthcare provider about what to do in case of an emergency.
- Be informed—check with your local emergency management agencyexternal icon to find out how to get emergency alerts (such as text alerts).
- Make a family communication plan PDF – pdf icon[111 KB]external icon for how you and your family will contact one another and what steps you will take in different types of situations.
- Prepare an emergency kit that includes a 3-day supply of food and water, health supplies including medications, baby care and safety supplies, electronics, and important documents, such as emergency telephone numbers.
- Plan ahead to help your baby sleep safely if you have to evacuate your home. Your baby is safest sleeping on his or her back in his or her own sleep area (e.g., a portable crib or bassinet) that does not have pillows, blankets, or toys.”
Remember Mama, “Always be prepared, expect the unexpected.”