For most families, disasters can become a serious problem that can present a nightmare of a scenario. The disaster always strikes without warning, and you and your family may lose access to electricity, gas, water, and even telephones. However, the cost of this can be reduced by planning the whole scenario out. Once you make an effective plan on what to do in case of a disaster, you and your family can be fully prepared for the disaster in question.
Become aware of the possible disasters than can affect you:
One of the most important parts of planning for a disaster is to be fully aware of the disaster itself. Not only do you need to know which disasters are common in the area that you live in, but also how you can best be prepared for any of these disasters should they hit. You also need to be aware of what the warning systems in your community sound like.
Working on your disaster plan:
When you’re finally sitting down and creating the disaster plan, you will need to include everyone in the family, and they all need to be able to understand how important this is. One thing you need to keep in mind is that the plan should be in language that everyone in the family can understand. Everyone in the family should be aware of their role in the plan and how they need to act. Once everyone understands their part, they will be able to stay calm.
The first thing you will need to address in your plan is a common address for everyone to come together to. In any disaster, everybody should be together, and not separated. This is why you all need to agree on an address where everyone should meet in case of emergency. There should also be a primary contact for the family who can be contacted in case of disaster. Everyone should be aware of how to contact them, such as their number. You should also arrange for shelter areas and potential escape routes that the family can use.
If you have pets, make arrangements for them in case of emergency too, especially because certain places don’t allow them in, especially places like shelters. So make sure your pets can stay with you in the shelters you’re planning in case of disaster.
Practice the plan with your family:
Once you have completed the family plan, the next thing you need to do is practice it out. Not only will this help the family members stay calm when disaster hits, but it’ll also help you notice any issues when you play it out. You will therefore need to modify the plan to suit your family better. It’s a good idea to make sure the plan is acted out at least twice a year.
Finally, make sure you have water and food stored at home or in your safe places. You will also need to restock this stored food every few months to make sure that the food is good to eat and ingest.