Preparing For Disasters

How to Plan for Home Emergencies

Preparing For Disasters

In the modern world, we often feel assured of our safety as we live our day to day lives. But what if this safety factor was not there? What would we do if an unseen emergency occurred? These are just some of the questions that one should ask themselves when preparing for disasters.

Preparing for an emergency should not be taken in any negative way. One should not assume that continuously evaluating these measures are signs of paranoia. The facts tell it all. Even with all our sophisticated technology, we as human beings seldomly can accurately tell exactly when and where disasters may strike. Proper emergency preparation could be the deciding factor on whether one survives a disaster or not.

There are several ways to ensure that one is always prepared for an emergency. Preparing for disasters is not a simple task and often takes quite a lot of time and patience. There are three steps to preparing for an emergency. These are getting an emergency kit, making the disaster plan and being informed.

An emergency kit is easily available and can be found in most convenience stores. Emergency kits are vital to one’s survival in the event of an emergency. Basically for one to survive without any assistance, one requires food, water and medical supplies in case of injury. There are some recommended items that one should have in their emergency kits. The first is water. To save on space buy large bottles of water (at least a week’s supply) mainly because you do not how long it will take for assistance to reach you. Your kit should also have a week’s worth of food rations. Emergency kits should be stocked with non-perishable food rations to prevent early rotting. Lastly, any emergency kit should have basic medical supplies. These include gauze, antiseptic, and slings. All these can be found in any basic first aid kit. Other essential kit requirements are a flashlight and some batteries, solar powered cell phones and battery-powered radios.

The next step involves actually preparing for emergencies with a disaster plan. A disaster plan is especially useful if as a family, one or more members are separated from the pack. There are few things that one should remember when making the disaster plan. First, ensure that as a family, you all have the same out-of-state contact. This contact will form the focal point for reunions incase some members are separated from the pack. Second, ensure that all your family members are subscribed to alert services. This is useful if one lives in disaster prone areas. The alert services can be quite timely in sending warnings to people when other communication means have failed. Last, ensure that as family, you all understand the emergency evacuation procedures as specified by your State. This will help prevent confusion and panic as well as reduce cases of separation.

The last step in preparing for disasters involves being informed. Lack of information can prove to be fatal. Ensure that you watch the news and listen to weather updates especially if you live in disaster prone areas. Keep track of what is going on around you and don’t let anything catch you by surprise.