Disaster Preparation

How to Plan for Home Emergencies

Disaster Preparation - It can save lives

The 9/11 attack greatly awakened the consciousness for disaster preparation. The attacks brought with it the need for a huge amount of funding, resources and loss of life, greatly affecting the economic stability and well fare of individuals. Moreover, the myriad hurricane disasters in the south eastern regions of America including Wilma, Katrina, Charlie, Rita, Jeanne, Ivan and Francis instilled the urgency for future emergency preparedness. Now, everyone including children, adults, the governmental agencies and non governmental agencies have been urged to apt their efforts in emergency preparations so as to be able to effectively approach disaster and its adversities.

There is a wide array of disasters that can befall an individual or community. The most common include adverse health related problems, financial constraints, food shortage and man-made disasters such as chemical spills or collapsed dams. Mother Nature adversities such as floods, storms, drought, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunami and fires also cause an enormous loss and psychological effects.

For these reasons all communities should be prepared to adopt an all hazard disaster preparation plan so as to be fully prepared for any kind of crisis that should come along. The attitude and behavior of the community should be geared towards effectively preparing for a disaster and thus curb last minute panic efforts of dealing with the disaster.

The practical risk assessment and vulnerability analysis implemented in industries to enhance safety should be instilled in all individuals. As a result, all emergency preparations plans will be streamlined in the minds of individuals from children to the old and disabled. Therefore, when making disaster preparations it is advisable that individuals visit their local municipalities and ask for the list plans for the kinds of disasters that are known tocan havoc in their towns. Alternatively, they can scrutinize the disaster plan that the city council has formulated to get a few tips on how to prepare themselves in case of the occurrence of a disaster, the precautionary steps to undertake and the types of disasters that are likely to occur in their cities. Moreover, individuals can gather information explaining effective strategies to undertake in response to a disaster. It always helps to know what the municipalities themselves have planned to do in the event of a disaster, that is, how it will offer a helping hand to the community.

Potential information on disaster preparation can also be accessed from the internet. There is a plethora of articles that elaborate step by step guidelines which individuals can follow so that they can adequately prepare themselves to face disaster whenever it strikes.

Large business organizations and stores also undertake disaster preparedness training therefore they can also relay vital and reliable information on planning for an emergency. Statistics show that the urban areas are adversely affected by disasters more than the rural areas. Therefore, it is advisable for individuals that reside in the urban areas to plan to relocate to a rural area once disaster strikes.

When drafting a family disaster preparation plan these individuals should include an address of either their relative or friend that lives in the rural areas but prior arrangements should first be done to curb inconveniences.