Simple Tips for Preparing for a Disaster
The devastation wreaked by the freezing cold recently in Texas is a stark reminder of the need to be prepared for emergencies and disasters. They can strike quickly and without warning.
To help make sure you and your family are ready for a catastrophe, follow these three basic steps: 1. Make a plan. 2. Pack an emergency preparedness kit. 3. Be informed.
According to Ready.gov, your plan should provide information about where to shelter, evacuation route or routes, getting emergency alerts and warnings and family communication. The communication section of your plan should contain the name of an out-of-state friend or family member that everyone contacts to let the others know where they are and if they are okay. Before you leave, discuss what to do if someone gets separated and be sure to set a specific amount of time that everyone should “report in” to the out-of-state contact.
Everyone should be familiar with their “role” in the disaster plan; have drills to make sure everyone is comfortable with who does what in the event of a real emergency. If you are evacuating, leave a note in a prominent place that includes the date, the fact that you are evacuating, where you are going and a way to contact you there.
When preparing the emergency kit, include one gallon per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation, a three-day to week supply of non-perishable food, a week’s worth of medication, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, flashlight, and extra batteries.
To stay informed during a disaster, program emergency numbers into your phone and sign up for alerts from local, state and national organizations. In addition, you can tune into NOAA Weather Radio which broadcasts weather-hazard information and safety alerts 24 hours a day. Be sure your kit includes copies of your important documents such as insurance and social security cards, birth certificates, wills, etc., as some cash.
You are susceptible to emergencies and disasters no matter where you live. With proper preparation, you can help keep yourself and your family safe from the unexpected.
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