How to Make a Disaster Plan
The worst time to plan for a disaster is after it’s already begun. While you and your family may survive the danger of the storm, you’ll feel much more at ease with a plan in place. Knowing how you’ll react ahead of time helps to prevent panic and worry which will also help you to think clearly. And we all know that thinking clearly, helps you stay alive.
Here are a few things to consider when creating your own disaster plan.
Evacuation: Severe weather can escalate quickly causing evacuation orders to be announced at short notice. Planning ahead is key to a safe evacuation.
– Fill your vehicles up with gas at the sign of bad weather. One of the first resources to go during an evacuation is gas.
– Leave early to avoid getting trapped in traffic and severe weather.
– Plan how you will leave and where you will go in the event you have to evacuate.
– Follow the recommended evacuation routes.
– Keep a disaster kit in your home, vehicle, and work at all times.
– Pack enough water, food, and other essential necessities to include medications for at least 72 hours. Reminder, you want to have enough of each item for each family member that is with you.
– First aid kit
– Flashlight (with extra batteries)
– Battery-powered radio
– Local maps
How will your family contact each other when disaster strikes? Disasters don’t always occur in perfect scenarios, consider how you will contact each other, and how to reconnect if you are separated from one another.
– Identify a meeting place the entire family is familiar with and can easily find
– Create and print a family emergency communication plan and provide it to each member.
– Follow updates and alerts about severe weather.
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