September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. All month we have featured articles on discovering disasters in your area, preparing your emergency plan, working with others before disaster strikes, and ways to help your community prepare for disaster.
It is easy to talk and read about preparing for emergencies, but much harder to do it. Perhaps you don’t think you have the time, resources, or money to prepare for emergencies right now. However, if you do not prepare for the future, you may find yourself under prepared when disaster does strike. Luckily, preparing for disaster is not difficult, and taking just a few small steps can help you face any disaster with confidence.
Get Informed about Disasters in Your Area
The best way to prepare for natural disasters in your area is by informing yourself. Find out what disasters can strike your area, such as floods, tornadoes hurricanes, snow storms, or wildfires. You can easily find this information by looking online at local government safety websites or by contacting your local government office. They will often have tips on how you can prepare for the unique disasters in your area. If not, you can also search online for disasters that commonly hit your area and use that as the basis for your preparation guide.
Make a Disaster Plan for Your Family
After you know what disasters you may face, it is time to take the next step. Create an emergency plan with your family. Each member of your family should know what to do, where to go, and who to contact in case of emergencies. Discuss the plan for each potential situation. Create an emergency kit to use during disasters. Your kit should include food, water, medicine, money, medical records, and any other supplies that are vital to the survival of your family. You can create one general kit, or have a specific kit for each emergency. Some people also stock separate home kits and car kits.
Get Involved in Your Community
You can avoid community disaster by involving yourself in community preparedness organizations. Check non-profit organizations in your region to see if any preparation groups exist in your area. You can also start your own, smaller group right in your neighborhood or with a few trusted friends. These organizations can help increase the safety of the group and bring people together during emergencies.
Emergency Preparedness Year-Around
All of these simple and practical steps are one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your family. If you do not already have a preparedness plan in place, consider starting one today to help your family survive any disaster with ease.
Are you ready?