Planning for Emergencies
Planning for Emergencies and Disasters
A disaster can happen at any time and any place. While most of us would like to believe that we are safe, emergencies can strike when we least expect them, and when they do, they often leave terrible results. Thus, it is crucial that one plans for emergencies and similar situations so as to ensure that they are not caught off-guard.
When planning for emergencies, the first step that you should take is to determine your risk as it relates to different disasters. Depending on your geographical location, you may find that you are more at risk from one particular disaster such as earthquakes than others. Determining your risk involves looking over past geographical maps and searching for past disaster information. Such maps and other resources depicting which areas are disaster prone or at risk from certain disasters are normally found with a little searching on different internet websites.
The next step when planning for emergencies is to ensure that your family members or those who you live with are well-informed on the actions to be taken in case such disasters occur. Establishing such family plans should include determining escape routes, evacuation plans as well as family communications.
When planning for emergencies, you will have to ensure that you stock up on the right emergency supplies. Disasters can occur at any moment and as such, you should always have an emergency stock of essential supplies that you can rely on in the event of such disasters. The choice of what goes into your emergency supply kit will all depend on what you deem essential.
However, some of the basic supplies that should always be stored in such kits include food and water rations, a fully-equipped medical kit, as well as clothing and bed supplies. If your kit is large enough, you should stock up on things such as a battery-operated radio, flashlights and some spare batteries since basic services such as electricity and gas may be cut off or damaged during a natural or manmade disaster.
While stocking up on provisions and supplies is an essential step in planning for emergencies, you will also have to ensure that such emergency supply kits are stored in a place that is easily accessible in the event that a disaster occurs. If the kit is stored at work, the kit should be easily portable in case you have to quickly evacuate. You should also consider storing a kit inside your car just in case you are stranded.
Finally, you will have to ensure that you conduct proper maintenance on your kits so as to ensure that all the supplies stored within are kept in good condition such as food rations and water.