FARMINGTON — Emergency planning should go beyond 72-hour kits and food storage, said Joanne Roueche, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent with Utah State University Davis County Extension.
She suggested creating a family binder that includes emergency phone numbers for police, fire, and utilities. She also recommends a professional list containing health insurance information, contact information for the family attorney, accountant, doctor and dentist and other personal numbers.
Family records should include birth certificates, passports, the blood type of all family members and personal health records.
Prescriptions and immunization records should be included for each family member and pet as part of a file in the binder, she said.
ID cards should be kept, and updated regularly. The ID cards should include photo, weight, height and other identifying characteristics, Roueche said.
Photos should also be taken of parents with their children and pets in case they are separated, she said.
The giant tsunami that struck Southeast Asia about a decade ago proved the importance of being able to prove familial relationships, she said.
Free child ID kits are available from the Davis County Sheriffs Office and Bountiful Police. Officers recommend getting DNA samples. To get one, use a clean cotton swab to swab a child’s cheek, let it dry, and place it in a plastic bag.
You can keep some health information such as a list of prescriptions, lists of conditions and emergency contact numbers in your glove box for emergency personnel, Roueche told the Davis County Community of Promise. Use a “yellow dot” sticker to alert paramedics that its there. Learn more about that program, sponsored by the Utah Highway Patrol, at utahyellowdot.com.
It’s also important to set financial goals, Roueche said.
She gave an example of someone who started planning early for financial success, successfully achieving that goal. f Instead of buying lunch every day during his summer job, he saved enough money to buy a car.
“Establish your goals, put them on the mirror,” Roueche said.