Facts That You Must Know About Natural Disaster Preparation
For the last few years, we have been plagued by natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, tropical storms, forest fires, and earthquakes. We all hope that there won’t be anymore but the chance of natural disasters disappearing from our world is little or none. Expect them. Prepare for them. Knowing how to protect yourself and your family after a disaster is essential. All services will most likely be cut off after a disaster. There will be no electricity. There will be no gas. Possibly there will be no shelter. And most important of all– there will be no clean water! It may take days before disaster relief and first responders can come to your aid. You need to know how to protect yourself and your household for survival during those critical hours or days. We offer here a few suggestions for natural disaster preparation.
1) Prepare a household disaster plan
On a floor plan of your home draw escape routes from each room and make sure that every member of the household is familiar with them. Plan two meeting places in the event that you are separated from each other. One meeting place should be near your home and the second a distance away in case the area near your home is dangerous. Important phone numbers should be posted by the telephone.
Make sure your children know how to dial 911. Know where and how to shut off your gas, water, and electricity at the main source. Select a friend or relative in a distant community whom you all agree to call to let them know you are okay or to leave messages.
2) Make arrangements for pets
Make sure your animal companions are micro chipped and have sturdy collars and ID tags Add your pets food to the family emergency supplies. Make a special disaster kit for your pet that includes a strong lead, first aid kit, pet’s latest photo, vet’s name, medications, copy of medical records, and bottled water.
You will need your pet’s cage, crate or carrier. It will help calm your pet if you have a favorite toy, bedding, or bowl. If your pet is used to being in a crate he will be less apt to panic. Keep your pet’s emergency gear right next to your own or even include them with the family’s disaster kit.
3) Have at least basic supplies in your home, your workplace and in your car
Water is the most important and stocking it is a top priority. At least 2 quarts of water per person is needed for drinking. Store water in thoroughly clean plastic containers, label them with the date and keep them in a cool dark place. Change stored water every 6 months. Add canned foods, dried food, cans or boxes of juice, cans of ready-to-eat meats, vegetables, fruits, soup, instant coffee and powdered milk.
You may want to add peanut butter, jelly, low-sodium crackers, trail mix, granola bars and the like. Mark the date on each item and keep the oldest products at the front. Use them and replace them so that the supply is refreshed every 6 months. Don’t forget to include a hand-held can opener in your kit. As you may have to leave your home you should have your supplies in a carrier such as a duffel bag or backpack or several if you want to share the load.
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Useful link: The American Red Cross