SAFETY DESK: Two Minutes For Safety
A lot can happen in two minutes; just ask any football team.
So what if we start our days talking about safety for two minutes?
How we choose to start our day will set the tone for the rest of it. Give yourself the best opportunity for success and talk about safety before you do anything.
Talk about something safety-related with your family before you leave for the day.
Have a plan to recognize the potential hazards of your day before they happen.
Give yourself two minutes in the morning; you may need them in the afternoon.
Lyman-Richey Corporation Safety Director
IS YOUR FAMILY PREPARED?
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
Put together a plan
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
Consider specific needs
As you prepare your plan tailor your supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how family members can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:
- Different ages of members within your household
- Responsibilities for assisting others
- Locations frequented
- Dietary needs
- Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
- Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
- Languages spoken
- Cultural and religious considerations
- Pets or service animals
- Households with school-aged children
Fill out a Family Emergency Plan
Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own: Emergency Plan for Parents (PDF)
Practice, practice, practice
Set up regular practice runs with your family, and discuss all of the parts of your plan with every member so you're all on the same page.
* SOURCE: Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, 2016