In Case of Emergency
The sky may be blue right now, but weather-and other natural disasters—are part of modern life. In case of an emergency, what do you do? When the next natural disaster strikes here’s how to be ready: Your emergency preparedness plan is key. Think about these parts of your plan:
Where Will You Go?
The first question to ask yourself is where you will go if an emergency arises?
Will you stay at home and shelter in place?
Will you evacuate? If you are heading out, where will you go and where will you stay?
These are important questions, and it’s best to make these decisions before you are in the middle of a disaster.
A big part of your emergency preparedness plan should be to think through possible scenarios and then get the information you need ahead of time. For example, figure out what routes you can take to get out of the area, determine where you want to go, and then get the contact information for a hotel or the people you’ll be staying with.
How Will You Stay In Touch?
There is nothing scarier than not being able to get in touch with loved ones during a disaster or emergency event. Just as important is being able to get news and emergency alerts or announcements.
Think about how you will stay in touch with loved ones and get important updates whether you are at home, a shelter, or on the road.
Making sure everyone has a mobile phone is a great start. Don’t forget that these devices need to be charged. Having chargers, including car chargers, is a must. An additional battery or a backup power supply will come in very handy as well.
Be conservative when using electronic devices. You need the battery power to last as long as possible.
A traditional battery-operated radio will be a handy addition to your disaster preparedness kit. This may very well be your only connection to follow the news, weather and get other important information.
Designate a meeting point or a person that everyone contacts when you can’t get in touch with each other. You should have designated people both in your state and outside of your state.
What Supplies Do You Need?
The more prepared you are, the safer and more comfortable you’ll be. Depending on what disaster you face, where you live, your family members, and simple things like the weather will determine the supplies you need. Be sure to have your health care provider contact numbers and a list of any medications you or your family takes. Here are more tips for putting together your emergency preparedness kit.
It certainly pays to be prepared. You’ll greatly increase your chances of making it through the emergency or disaster just fine.