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Natural disasters are a part of life and can happen at any time. However, if you’re living in an area prone to natural disasters, it’s essential to take some steps now so that your family is as prepared as possible when the next disaster strikes. This blog post will help you get ready for a natural disaster from home by providing five steps that will make your family safer and more secure before, during, and after the disaster.
Obtain First Aid Supplies and Other Supplements
The most important supplies in a disaster protocol, especially for Hurricane preparedness, are a first aid kit and medicines. They include; Antibiotic ointment, Aspirin, Bandages, Sterile gauze pads, Scissors, Adhesive tape, Latex gloves, Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen. You should also have a list of other things you need to prepare for your family, including food, water, and supplies to stay warm.
Come Up With a Central Meeting Point for the Family
Conduct a large-scale map of your home with each family member’s location as a step to fortifying your home. This will help you visualize how far away from the central meeting point every person is when disaster strikes. If there are any gaps in coverage or people who need shelter, like an infant or pet, then come up with solutions for these scenarios.
It’s a good idea to keep emergency contact information on you, like an alternate family meeting point location in case of separation. This will help your loved ones find each other and know what to do next if they cannot get back home, even if someone is injured or hurt.
Stock Emergency Supplies
If you are a family with children, hurricane season is a prime time to get your disaster supplies stocked and ready. Make sure you store at least two gallons of water per person per day for a minimum of three days. Fill up the bathtub with water or store it in containers if you think running tap water will be unavailable after a disaster.
Buy items like batteries, flashlights and candles before the storm hits, so they are ready to go when it’s time to use them. Also, gas can be a problem after a disaster, so make sure you fill up your vehicles before the storm hits and store fuel in containers or gas cans for backup if needed.
Develop an Emergency Evacuation Plan
The first step in getting ready to evacuate is developing an emergency plan and identifying a meeting point outside of your home, such as at your work or another location, that can support all family members. Deciding who will be responsible for which tasks such as calling authorities, driving other family members during the evacuation process can help simplify your plan and make it easier to remember what needs to happen in a stressful situation.
Lastly, establish a deadline for when everyone should arrive at that location by establishing what time it will take each person to get there and how fast they can move. If someone has special needs or is slower than others, that deadline should be earlier.
This article should convince you that disaster preparedness is not just for people who live on coastlines or in areas with higher risk. It can happen anywhere, and it’s always a good idea to be ready.