Posts Tagged ‘disaster’

Being prepared for an emergency

Monday, September 16th, 2013

fighting-fireDisasters can strike quickly and without warning making every second count during an emergency. Many of us have encountered wildfires, flash floods and tornadoes this year. Having a plan for emergencies can make a huge difference in difficult times, especially if you have children.

September is National Preparedness Month. Since 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sponsored National Preparedness Month, which encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities. The site’s toolkit includes helpful information, such as how to build an emergency supply kit, making a family game plan, staying informed before, during and after an emergency, and other preparedness resources and tips.

Here is information on things to consider if you’re pregnant.  If you are caring for a newborn, make sure you have a plan that will take into consideration the baby’s needs.

Be ready and be safe! Find preparedness events in your community.

Hurricane preparedness

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

hurricaneHurricane season is upon us and the first of the season, Hurricane Irene, is headed north toward the U.S. Irene has left Puerto Rico and is due to hit Florida either late Thursday or early Friday morning.

For all of you who live along the coasts that may be affected by a hurricane, it is important to remember safety preparation tips. The needs of a pregnant woman during a disaster are unique. You still need to follow any evacuation and preparation instructions given by your state, but here is a link to some special things to consider.

If you have recently had a baby or you are caring for a newborn, this article is designed to help you prepare for a disaster. If you are caring for an infant and have questions about the health effects of the disaster, please talk with a health care professional.

Now is the time to make preparations and have a plan in place for your family to follow in case you ever need it.

Hurricane baby checklist

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

If the authorities are evacuating your city, please get your bags ready.  Don’t wait.  This storm is going to be a big one.  I have pulled together a list of things for you to take with you if you have a baby.  There is also more detailed information on preparing for a disaster if you are caring for an infant on our site. 

I know you are watching the news as anxiously as I am, probably even more so.

If you have any questions or concerns, leave me a comment.  I’ll be watching for it.

Packing Checklist

Several pacifiers to help soothe your baby.

  • Diapers (you will need about 70 a week for an infant).
  • A baby blanket.
  • A baby carrier because there may not be a crib or bassinet for your baby once you arrive at your destination.
  • Extra clothes for your baby because these may be hard to find.
  • It can be loud in shelters and hospitals. Bring anything that could help soothe you and your baby.
  • Food for your baby.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Rectal thermometer and lubricant.
  • Non-aspirin liquid pain reliever
  • Car seat

Take care.  Be safe.

ABC’s of a healthy pregnancy, H-Q

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Continuing our post on the ABC’s of a healthy pregnancy A-G (July 10), here are guidelines H-Q to help increase your chances of having a healthy baby.

H:  History can teach us a lot! Understanding your family history can make an important difference in your life and the lives of your children.

I:  Iron is a mineral that helps create red blood cells, which are needed to carry oxygen to your baby. Be sure to get enough iron in your diet to prevent getting anemia.

J:  Join a childbirth education class to help you understand what to expect during labor and birth.

K:  Keep you and your baby safe during a disaster by planning ahead of time. Prepare for a disaster by making a list of medications you’re taking and having a handy contact sheet with your health provider’s information.

L:  Lots of back pain? Backache is one of the most common problems for pregnant women. Avoid heavy lifting and standing for long periods of time. Wear comfortable shoes and consider a pregnancy massage to ease some of your pain.

M:  Medical conditions, such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, should be carefully monitored by you and your health provider. Also, talk to your provider about any medications that may need to be adjusted during pregnancy.

N:  Nausea is very common during pregnancy and certain foods can trigger the feeling. Try substituting other nutritious options for the foods that make you feel ill. Eat 5-6 small meals a day, rather than three large ones.

O:  Oh, baby! Get ready to care for your baby before you bring her home from the hospital. Choose a health provider for her and make sure your home environment is all set and safe for your new baby.

P:  Prenatal care is essential for having a healthy baby, so be sure to make all of your visits. During these appointments, prenatal tests will be given to help your provider know how you and your baby are doing.

Q:  Quit bad habits such as smoking and drinking. Smoking can cause your baby to grow more slowly and gain less weight in the womb. Drinking alcohol while pregnant can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome, which can cause your baby to be born with both physical and mental birth defects.

Visit us next Thursday for the final part of our series, the ABC’s of a healthy pregnancy R-Z.