Disasters like earthquakes, fires, and storms are best handled through being prepared. While it may be difficult to predict when one of these events will happen, families can still take the wise path and be ready when emergency situations strike. The key thing to remember is that the safety and the survival of the family comes first.
According to 72Hours.org, families should be prepared for at least three days after a major disaster since emergency response services are not likely to cater to everybody’s needs immediately. That being said, it is important to do the following:
- Designate an out-of-area contact person who is far away from the same emergency. He or she will be the person that you and your family will keep informed regarding your situation.
- Put together a disaster supply kit. This must contain at least one gallon of water per person per day, ready to eat food, manual can openers and other cooking supplies, plates, utensils, and other feeding supplies, first aid kit with instructions, copies of important documents as well as phone numbers, warm clothes and rain gear, heavy work gloves, unscented household bleach and eyedroppers to purify water, personal hygiene items, duct tape, plastic sheeting, utility knife, blankets or sleeping bags, flash lights, radio, batteries, emergency cash, prescription medication, as well as other special-need items for children, seniors, or people with disabilities.
- Keep an inventory of your valuables.
- Have duplicates of important documents like passport, drivers license, social security card, wills, deeds, financial statements, insurance information, marriage license and prescriptions and store them away n a safety deposit box of let someone you trust keep them.
- Keep the family prepared. Ensure that each member knows where to find the things that they need like the emergency kits as well as whom to contact.
- Establish a family code word that everyone can remember easily. Using these codes is helpful for families especially because sometimes, emergency situations do not allow us to have long conversations. These code words will allow members of the family to take important messages or instructions during times of disaster.
Be sure to use this codeword only in times of real danger.
For more information, please visit these websites: http://are-you-ready.org, http://72hours.org/, and http://asmdc.org/issues/disaster/.
Stay safe everyone!