None of us can predict when an emergency may strike. Some weather phenomena, such as hurricanes, allow for advanced preparations, but in many other cases, thinking ahead and putting protocols in place help you ride out whatever comes your way. The old motto, “Paratus,” is the best way to handle emergencies.

Vehicle Breakdowns

Regular vehicle maintenance is a must to keep cars and trucks, whether private or commercial, in top running order. This is also true of large machinery including tractors, forklifts, and cranes. Sometimes, though, vehicles stop working.

When this happens, the most important thing to do is make sure you and everyone around you are safe. The next thing is to transport the stricken vehicle to a reputable mechanic. Be prepared by having ready access to contact information for recovery towing Clay County.


Some areas are prone to earthquakes, but you do not know when they will happen. Before the event, take steps to protect yourself and those around you.

  • Secure heavy items such as bookcases, refrigerators, and large televisions that hang on walls.
  • Prepare an emergency plan that all family members know.
  • Prepare an emergency kit that includes water, a whistle, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher, and food.

Planning and rehearsals ahead of time can help you and others remain calm during a temblor when the earth beneath your feet is shaking.

Home Fires

You can take steps before anything happens to help everyone get out of a burning house safely as well as remain calm during the emergency.  

  • Keep up-to-date fire extinguishers in your home, and install working fire alarms that you test regularly.
  • Establish and practice a fire escape plan.
  • Check your residence to ensure it does not trap you should a fire break out.

Preparation ahead of time makes even the most frightening emergencies a bit less harrowing. Perhaps more importantly, advanced planning saves lives. Whether you find yourself stranded on the highway or caught in a quake, having a plan helps you stay calm.