Disaster Preparedness: Family Disaster Plan

Family Disaster Plan


Is YOUR Family Ready for a Disaster?

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!


Family Planning Checklist

  1. Do Your Research: Is your home in a flood zone? Is your area prone to earthquakes, hurricanes, or tornadoes? Make sure you do research and find out what sort of safety kit you need to prepare in case of a natural or man-made disaster.
  2. Have a Safe Room: Identify a safe room within your home where your family will be relatively safe in case of a tornado, hurricane, etc. Alternatively, there may be a safe area in your community which you should familiarize yourself and your family with.
  3. Know Escape Routes: Check out the best escape routes from your home and places where you could meet up if a disaster occurs when you’re not together.
  4. Primary Contact: 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. Emergency Phone Numbers: Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers close to the telephone and make sure that your children know where to call in a disaster. It’s good to have a list printed out in case you lose power.
  6. Disaster Insurance: Check your insurance coverage as part of your disaster preparedness plan. Many home insurance policies do not cover hazards like flooding caused by hurricanes, for example. If you live in a disaster-prone area, consider getting insurance to cover damages.
  7. Safety Kit: Make sure that you have a disaster supply kit stocked with non-perishable foods. You never know when you might need them and natural disasters can strike at any time.
  8. Gain Knowledge: You don’t necessarily have to be CPR-certified, but having knowledge of general first aid and CPR is a great idea in case of a disaster. There are also books and guides that can assist you with basic trauma treatment and CPR.
  9. Buy These Items: The following are items that could make a huge difference in case of a natural disaster in your area. It’s better to have these items and not need them rather than need them and not have them.
      • First Aid KitsFor $20, you can have medical supply basics — all in one place — and ready to use. Minor as well as major injuries are possible during an earthquake and it’s possible that emergency services will be overwhelmed, so having a first aid kit is essential.
      • Solar Cell Phone Charger: Solar powered charges start in the mid-$20 range and go up from there. The best selling Amazon solar charger is $60 and is fast with “industrial-strength PET polymer faced solar panels sewn into a rugged polyester canvas offer weather-resistant outdoor durability.” If the power goes out, you might have no other way to charge your phone.
      • Crank-Powered Radio: You can pay upwards of $100 for a decent crank radio, but you don’t have to spend that much. The best-selling Amazon crank radio is only $20!
      • Emergency Water Filter: There’s no need for an expensive filtration system. The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter has 5,000 reviews and is only $20! The LifeStraw “removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns; surpasses EPA filter standards.”
  10. Don’t Forget Your Pets: Remember all members of your family — including your pets — in your disaster preparedness family disaster plan. Stocking some food in your disaster kit for your furry friends is a good way to ensure that they have their needs met, too.




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