Disaster Preparedness: Family Disaster Plan

House destroyed by storm surge of the 1915 Gal...

House destroyed by storm surge of the 1915 Galveston Hurricane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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;

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers close to the telephone, and make sure that your children know where to call in a disaster.
  6. 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.
  7. Make sure that you have a disaster supply kit stocked with non perishable supplies . . . you never know when you might need them.
  8. Take disaster preparedness classes, study topics like CPR and first aid.
  9. Make sure that you have a battery operated radio on hand, and that the batteries have been replaced at least every 6 months.
  10. Remember all members of your family – including your pets – in your disaster preparedness family disaster plan.

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