Emergency Disaster Plan

How to Plan for Home Emergencies

Emergency disaster plan - every family should have one

An emergency can occur at any time. In fact, most people are caught unawares by emergencies. It is therefore appropriate that one creates an appropriate emergency disaster plan in order to cope with an emergency situation. This is important because in a true emergency situation, seconds can count.

You will always not have an easy access to your children. It is important that you involve your family members in the preparation of the emergency plan. You should constantly rehearse with them so they will be better prepared to cope with the situation should it occur.

The first thing that you should do is to have a graphical floor plan of the home. Although it might be hard for one to make a floor plan, this need not be the case. For instance, you can have each cell on the paper to represent to represent a square foot of the home. You could decide to measure the home yourself or refer the home’s blueprints to create an accurate diagram.

The second thing that you should do is to identify a meeting place where the members of your family will be expected to meet in case an emergency happens. You should then mark that place in the diagram.

It is important to identify at least two exit routes from each room in your home. You should ensure that all the windows and door exits can be opened from the inside. You should then mark the exit routes on your diagram.

You should also identify the location of the safety equipment in your home. Such equipment can include the first aid kits, fire extinguishers and fire/carbon monoxide alarms. Mark the locations on your diagram.

Once you have created your emergency disaster plan then you need to rehearse it with your family several times to be certain they understand what they need to do. Ideally; you should practice the plan at least once every few months to keep in practice and to make any adjustments that need to be made.

It is important that you plan includes using all available exits. This will be helpful when one or more exits are blocked in an actual emergency.

It is also important to remind your family that in case an emergency occurs, you will move out of the house and converge at the meeting place before you contact 911; the emergency personnel. The family members should also be reminded that they should never return to the house until the home has been cleared. There should be no exceptions to this.

The above suggestions are some of the basic procedures that one needs to take. One will also need to ensure they have the appropriate survival kit and supplies when coming up with their emergency disaster plan. Some of the other essentials that will be needed include:

Food - This should ideally be able to serve the family members for at least three days. The food should be nutritious and be non-perishable.

Drinking water – There needs to be enough for drinking, cooking as well as hygiene. You may want to include some kind of emergency water filter in your supplies. Remember, you can live for weeks without food, but only dies without water.

No one wants a disaster to happen, but having an emergency disaster plan can your life as well as the lives of your family.