Family Emergency Planning
Family Emergency Planning - Have you done yours?
Everyone aims at preparing their family members to confidently and safely face the adversity of day to day disasters. Individuals may be adversely affected by unforeseen circumstances such as poor health, bankruptcy and natural disasters like fires, storms, earthquakes and floods. The formulation of family emergency planning adequately prepares family members to come to terms with uncertainties courageously and with hope. Just like parents put a lot of effort in ensuring they efficiently plan for their children’s education in the future the same case should apply to future preparedness for disaster occurrence.
Sound family emergency planning should be objective with premier goals. It should be thoroughly discussed between the family members to ensure every person fully understands each principle in the plan and can thus perfectly respond to disaster when it occurs. This is vital since it is not definite that all family members will be together when disaster strikes. It is also helpful to outline all the types of disasters that are prone to occur in the residential area and the effective strategies of handling each. Moreover, it gives everybody a chance to add any valuable information that they feel would be helpful or is missing. In addition, the principle of togetherness, unity and obedience will be emanated thereby act as a self-assurance that the family members will adhere to the set rules and guidelines.
A typical emergency plan usually contains a 72 hour family kit to enable the family access amenities and services that they require when a disaster strikes. In most occasions when a disaster strikes primary amenities and services such as food, water, shelter, clothing and health care are cut off. It also has clean drinking water which is always changed after every six months to ensure it is fit for human consumption. A long-term food supply is also essential mostly it should range from three months onwards. Likewise, clothing, beddings, medical supplies, first aid kits, vital documents and financial resources should be included.
Last, is a factor that is many times forgotten by families as they do their family emergency planning. The family members should specify areas that they should meet and one person to call to confirm that they are okay and where their location is when disaster strikes. To be on the safe side two locations can be identified.
One can be within the home compound and the other a distance away from the home premises. This will enable the family members to be rejoined in case they separated during the disaster. Moreover, they will be able to immediately detect if one of them is missing thereby request for help. Effective family emergency plans should also include evacuation plans.
At times disaster strikes with a full bang to the extent of forcing people to leave their homes. In such a situation family emergency planning should specific escape routes in the house. It should also compel the family members to turn off all the gas, electricity and water supplies. The disaster kits and supplies should also be accessible and easy to move around with. Furthermore, while leaving to another town it is advisable to let the others know exactly where to trace the family.