Disaster preparedness is important in all aspects of your life, at work, at school or college, and especially at home. You owe it to yourself to prepare your family for a potential disaster with a great disaster preparedness plan, it could help to save your life, or the life of your loved ones!
Stuff to think about in your disaster preparedness plan;
- Have a family chat about what hazards could affect you . . . check out how vulnerable your home is to hazards and disasters like flooding, storm surge, earthquakes, tornadoes etc.
- Identify a safe room within your home where your family will be relatively safe, alternatively there may be a safe area in your community which you should familiarize yourself and your family with.
- Check out the best escape routes from your home, and places where you should meet up if a disaster occurs when you’re not together. We’re talking places within a few miles of your home, not across two states.
- Identify a friend or family member who is out of state as a single point of contact, so all members of your family will know who to call if you are separated.
- Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers close to the telephone, and make sure that your children know where to call in a disaster.
- Check out your insurance cover as part of your disaster preparedness plan – many home insurance policies do not cover hazards like flooding caused by hurricanes, for example.
- Make sure that you have a disaster supply kit stocked with non perishable supplies . . . you never know when you might need them.
- Take disaster preparedness classes, study topics like CPR and first aid.
- Make sure that you have a battery operated radio on hand, and that the batteries have been replaced at least every 6 months.
- Remember all members of your family – including your pets – in your disaster preparedness family disaster plan.