Protect Your Family with an Emergency Preparedness Plan
Do you know how to stay safe in a natural disaster? What about your kids or elderly parents? If the answer isn’t a confident “Yes!” you need to start making a plan today. Here’s how you can stay safe and protect your family in a natural disaster:
Create an Emergency Response Plan
An emergency response plan should answer three basic questions:
1. How will I stay in touch?
You can receive emergency alerts through a cell phone, radio, or television broadcast. You also need a way to contact family. Give every family member a physical copy of contact numbers and practice sending emergency texts. Text messages may go through even when phone calls won’t.
2. How will I take shelter?
The safest place to take shelter varies by hazard, so know which natural disasters occur in your region and how to react whether you’re at home, work, school, or a public location. You’ll need food, water, and other supplies in your sheltering location.
3. How will I evacuate?
Know evacuation routes and meeting places and have an emergency kit ready, including fuel for your vehicle. Identify several potential evacuation destinations, varying the direction of travel in case routes are impassable in a disaster.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
A pre-assembled emergency kit lets you respond quickly in a disaster. These are some essentials to include:
- Non-perishable food
- Flashlights and batteries
- First-aid kit
- Sanitary supplies
- Sleeping bags
- Clothing, including shoes and outerwear
- Personal documents (Photo IDs, Social Security cards, birth certificates, banking information, and other important documents)
- Cell phone and charger
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Local maps
Article by- Bradley Davis