Is your family prepared for the worst days?
You don’t have to wait for the nightmare to come true for you to learn how to prepare for emergency.
Right now, you can actually grab a pen and paper, sit with the family members and start discussing your emergency preparedness program.
It may sound difficult at first to create an emergency preparedness program especially if you have not been through a crisis or natural disaster before. But to help you with this, what it all takes is just a little imagination and assumption of how an emergency disaster might happen.
The first thing you need to identify is the fire exit route of your house. Note that a fire exit is not only intended during a fire accident, it is also applicable for other disasters such as earthquake, hurricane, typhoon, flooding and even crime-related home invasions.
The second thing you need to consider in your emergency preparedness program is a meeting place for your family. There might be case to case basis here. For example during a fire accident, determine which house or place your family members will be staying temporarily. If there is an incoming hurricane, orient the family to evacuate to a relative on a nearby city or state. Another important element in your emergency preparedness program is the list of contacts who are living outside your city or State.
In case of regional disaster such as hurricane or earthquake, it might be difficult to stay connected using local lines. Make it a point that every one in the family shares the same list of contacts.
Your pets should also be a part of your emergency preparedness program. Unfortunately, however, pets are not allowed in evacuation and resettlement areas. You may leave your pets in a veterinary clinic or a relative.
Always check, keep, maintain and change your supplies in your emergency kits. You could be storing expired foods in your kits so make sure they are constantly checked for expiration. To avoid unnecessary spoilage of food in your emergency kits, make a schedule or calendar of maintenance or better yet eat the canned foods in your emergency kits.
Then call your children’s school and ask about their emergency plan.
Also, remember that children could become stressful during a disaster. Kids are typically afraid of scenes like injured persons and are afraid of being alone. Keep your children calm and give assurance that everything will be alright.
Remember, that in being prepared, the risks and ill effects of a disaster are reduced.