Preparing for an Emergency
Living overseas can be exciting, but part of the adventure is the possibility of a crisis. Around the globe each year, American expatriates face a host of challenges: earthquakes, storms, illness and disease, political instability and many others. While Kuwait can be a great place to live and work, it’s always wise to be prepared for a crisis, and it’s important to take responsibility and be proactive. Below are some easy steps you can take to prepare your family for such an event. Although the U.S. Embassy has no information on imminent crises, these are useful tips in any emergency.
- A detailed home inventory is a good first step in your preparations. We recommend that you document your possessions, along with the description, date of purchase, model number, serial number, and value. Consider making a video record of your possessions and storing it online. You may also consider taking out insurance on your possessions as an option to provide financial backup.
- Prepare a 72-Hour Kit which will allow you to shelter in place during any sort of localized emergency, including food, water, and medications.
- Designate a family rendezvous point in case you are separated and/or unable to return home. Also consider alternate means of communication so family members have options to make contact if unable to reach the rendezvous point.
- Be aware of what the U.S. government Can and Can’t Do in a crisis.
- Plan for pets. Make advanced arrangements with a local friend or colleague that could care for your pet in the case of evacuation. You may wish to consider providing food, bottled water and supplies.
- Maintain a Go Bag stocked with items you will need to travel with in the event of an emergency. Again, consider your individual needs and ensure your important items are in there!
- Keep visas and passports current for all members of your family.
- Consider household staff you are sponsoring in any preparations as they may be in a vulnerable position.
We recommend you review the information available on these reference websites to individualize an emergency preparedness plan for your family.