Events this year have shown a natural disaster can hit at any time and anywhere. While we may not be able to prevent these tragedies, there are steps you can take to make sure you’re prepared in the event that disaster does strike. We’ve compiled some information about making a family emergency plan so that your family knows what to do and where to go in case an emergency happens.
-Preparing the Plan
Before you get started, it’s important to run down some questions and have answers to them at the ready. You want to be sure you know where you’re going to be getting your emergency alerts and warnings, what your shelter plan is, what your evacuation route is, and what plan is in place for communication within your family. It’s not a guarantee that your family will be together when a natural disaster comes to head, so it’s a good idea everyone is on the same page with these four key things.
When planning your evacuation route, consider what types of disasters are likely to occur in your community. Local emergency services typically have evacuation routes planned out ahead of time designed to avoid problem areas like where extreme flooding can occur. Though routes may be in place, it’s also a good idea to know alternate routes or methods of transportation in case the original route is inaccessible in the storm. Planning your shelter around the types of disaster you may encounter will likewise help avoid trouble. We also recommend keeping at least a half tank of gas in your car.
-Taking Specifics Into Consideration
Every family is different, which means a generic checklist will likely miss a lot of your family’s needs. Be sure you include dietary needs and restrictions, prescriptions or other medical equipment, disabilities or assistance for very young children, and any other special arrangements that may be needed for your family if the worst happens. We’ll be covering how to make a pet emergency plan in the future, but that will also need to be considered.
-Put the Plan on Paper
FEMA put together an incredibly helpful form and checklist for family communication in the event of an emergency. It’s recommended to make a copy of this for every member of your family and attach it to the rest of your plan. When everyone is on the same page about where to go, who to call, and what to bring, it can save lives. If you can, plan with your neighbors. Connecting those plans together will keep everyone safer, simply because more people helping means more gets done.
Be sure to prepare an emergency supply kit, which includes at least one gallon of water per person evacuating for at least three days; three days worth of non-perishable food, a flashlight, extra batteries, your cell phone, a charger and backup phone battery, and a first aid kit. You can find a more extensive list of basic and additional emergency supplies recommended to include in an emergency supply kit here.
Once your plan is in place, practice it on a safe day. This is especially helpful for younger children to prepare them for what will be a very hectic and scary event. By helping them understand what to do it make getting through a disaster much more manageable. And in the event you are recovering from a natural disaster and you’re looking to make repairs to your house, call Dynamic Team today. We specialize in rebuilding and remodeling after a disaster takes place. We want to bring you back to normal when your world has been turned upside down.