(work in progress)
- Create a Disaster Plan (including emergency instructions for caregiver, contact info & meetup spot details). Print out two copies, laminate them, put one on the fridge, put one in your Disaster kit. I made this very website to help others make their Disaster Plans. Take 5 mins to go through it with any new caregiver. They'll be impressed with your attention to detail, and it's worth it!
- Assemble a Disaster Kit. This includes first aid stuff, but also any baby stuff you know you couldn't go 5 hours without. Here are links to things I put in my kit.
- Ensure you have fire extinguishers in your house and that they're indicated in your Disaster Plan. If you are a renter, Landlords are typically happy to pay for these -- you should ask them.
- Ensure your smoke alarms are in good working order. The US Fire Administrator's website has helpful info on smoke alarms.
- Take an inventory of your home. Hard to think about, but this could make things easier for you in the case of a loss of property. The simplest thing would be to take a loooong video walking through all the rooms in your house, and do a verbal commentary of things and their value. For you A-students, my friend Christine told about Encircle, which is an app that lets you create inventories and share them. (this Lifehacker article explains the app better than their own website, I think)
- Meet your neighbors. Putting this here to remind me to do this as well.... we semi-recently moved, and I haven't crossed the contact-info threshold with them yet! Good to have a friendly face nearby in case you need some neighborly help.