Disasters like hurricanes, fires, explosions, and floods are stressful and scary because they happen without warning. The way to mitigate the fear and worry of loss of life and property from disasters is through thorough preparation. The capacity to prepare increases the likelihood of the best possible reaction to and recovery from catastrophic calamities.
Here are some steps to take in case of a calamity strikes today:
Identify potential risks
- Identify the most likely calamities to strike your location and research how to prepare for them
- Acquaint yourself with the warning signs and systems in your area, such as sirens or text messages
- Invest in a radio that provides weather updates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Know how to contact local emergency management agencies such as Red Cross and other charities
Have a family meeting
- Hold a family meeting and go over why it’s crucial to have a plan in place
- Review the most likely calamities and what to do in each
- Divide up tasks among family members and make a plan to accomplish everything
- Set up places to meet outside your home, neighborhood, or city in case you can’t get back home
- Talk about what to do in an evacuation and make a plan for the whole family
- If a family member is in the military or regularly away, consider how you’ll respond if a calamity happens
- Make a strategy for how your family will get in touch in an emergency
- Adjust your plan for disabled or special-needs family members
- Include family pets in your plan
Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit
In case of an emergency, you should have the following on hand:
- Clothing in the inclusion of beddings, sleeping bags, and scarfs
- At least a three-day supply of water and food
- Essential medical equipment and supplies
- Pet stuff if you have pets
- Sanitation supplies such as towels and toilet paper
- A portable radio that runs on batteries and spare batteries
- Flashlights and matches
- Documentation for the family, including identification cards
- A first-aid kit
- Set of tools including kitchen tools such as can opener
Preserving Your Emergency Kit
As crucial as gathering your supplies, keeping them in good working order is even more critical. Store canned goods in a dry, cool area, and keep boxed goods in airtight plastic or metal containers to keep out pests and lengthen their shelf life.
Discard any canned products that have gotten rusted or damaged. The ideal strategy is to eat perishables quickly and replace them with new supplies as soon as possible.
It’s advised to replace your saved food and water every six months. Labeling your storage containers with the date you put things away will help you remember. Depending on how your family has evolved, you may want to refresh your kit annually.
Pack everything in sealed plastic bags, then store the whole kit in one or two portable containers, like an old garbage can, a camping backpack, or a duffel bag.
Having the plan to follow during a natural catastrophe can be crucial in ensuring the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and your possessions. Do not hesitate to contact our nationwide restoration experts if a certain disaster has struck or affected your property. We will give you free expert advice regarding the damage and help you restore your property as it was before.