One of the best things you can do for your family in 2014 is to prepare for emergencies. Natural disasters and other forms of disasters come up every year. You may think you are safe from disaster, but every disaster is unexpected. One of the best resolutions you can make this year is to resolve to create a preparedness plan for your family so you can weather every disaster with ease.
Create an Emergency Checklist
The best way to prepare for disaster is with an emergency checklist. A list that details necessary supplies, what your family will do for each potential disaster, and other safety information will help you weather any disaster with ease. Customize the plan for your family so that every potential need is met (for example, what will you do if the sewer system is out?)
Create a Bug-Out Bag
If you don’t already have a bug-out bag, make 2014 your year for creating one. A bug-out bag is a kit that allows you to survive for 72 hours or more in case of natural disasters or other emergencies. These kits contain everything you need to have in case of power outages, loss of sewer connections, and if you cannot get to a store to purchase supplies. Usually, a bug-out bag contains things like medical documents, a first aid kid, food and water, and other basic survival products.
Know Your Region’s Disasters
Certain regions are more likely to face certain disasters than others. For example, it is not likely that Arizona would suffer from a hurricane (although it could happen). A wise move for 2014 is to find out what disasters are likely to hit where you live. There are many resources from The Red Cross and other governmental databases that can help you identify the most likely disasters to strike your area. Preparing for the most likely disasters will help you create a plan that will work for your unique area.
Prepare for Seasonal Emergencies
Certain disasters strike during different seasons. Preparing for each season can help you ensure you provide the best care during each kind of seasonal disaster. Winter safety is a must during the cold months of the year. During the school year, creating a plan for emergencies while children are in school is a good idea. The spring and summer bring certain storms and hazards of their own.
Brush Up on Outdoor Survival Skills
In worst-case scenarios, you may have to evacuate your home I case of fire, chemical spills, or flooding. If you have to evacuate your home, staying outdoors is one inexpensive option. Even if you don’t ever have the need to evacuate to the wilderness, brushing up on outdoor survival skills can help you stay safe while camping or on the road. Here are some general camping safety tips, skills children can use in the woods, and multitasking gear for a variety of situations.
Preparing for Emergencies in 2014
A few simple preparation steps will keep your family safe no matter what strikes in 2014. Whether you are at home or out and about for recreation, the best thing you can do for your family this year is to create a plan for every possible emergency and disaster.