We have all been preached to about preparing for a natural disaster, but have we taken the time out of our busy schedules to make it a priority to purchase some extra supplies in case of a catastrophic event?  Daily we watch in shock at the devastation in Japan after the recent 9.0 magnitude earthquake and deadly tsunami left thousands dead, many missing, and almost half a million homeless.  The previous month a 6.3 magnitude earthquake caused much damage in New Zealand.  Over the last year or so we have witnessed from afar the earthquakes of Chile and China.  What happens if one day the disaster is not afar, but right here in our own home?

With the responsibility of a baby, the process of preparedness can seem overwhelming and complicated.  Thanks to the Red Cross Emergency Supplies Backpack, they have simplified your work by creating a backpack filled with supplies.  You can buy one from them or make your own.  As a parent, wearing the backpack frees your arms to carry your baby.  You can also create your own emergency vest.  A simple outdoorsman-style vest used for activities such as fishing will have several small pockets for holding medicine, water, jars of baby food, etc., and often has hooks so you can hang a flashlight and whistle on it too.  Maybe include a little toy to keep her spirits up should you be stranded for a few days.  A brilliant addition to many of these backpacks is the wind-up transistor radio, minimizing the need for batteries.  Keep supplies in the trunk of each of your cars as well as in your home as you may be out and about when disaster strikes.  Please take some time this weekend to stock up. Make it a family outing to the camping and grocery stores.


Protect your baby in the home by analyzing her nursery.  Place the crib in a location where nothing is hanging on the wall above it.  Also, keep the room free of any tall or heavy pieces of furniture.  Furniture can both fall over and be thrown across the room.  Be mindful of the dangers of broken glass, perhaps placing the crib away from a window or mirror as well.  Many earthquake injuries are the result of broken glass that shatters and is thrown everywhere.  I have a friend who went through a strong earthquake one night in Santa Rosa, California, when he was an infant.  His mother awakened, terrified, stumbled around in the dark and finally made it into the nursery to find that the crib was thrown to the other side of the room. Luckily he was fine and still sleeping soundly!

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