Natural disasters can be problematic in many places around the world.
You may live in an area affected by tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes, and good
preparation can make the difference between life and death.
Here are some essential tips for being properly prepared.
Create a Plan
In your area, there will probably be a specific type of natural disaster to plan for, like a hurricane
or a bush fire, so prepare for emergencies by making a plan.
Create the plan with your family and make sure everyone knows the details.
If some members of the family are too young to understand, you’ll have to take responsibility
Then as soon as it becomes clear that a natural disaster is occurring, everyone will know exactly
where to go and what to do.
If your family members are old enough, delegate responsibilities.
For example, one person could be responsible for locking the doors and windows while another
could be responsible for getting the pets into the basement.
In the moment the disaster hits, time may be limited and organizing these details may be problematic.
But if you have some time before the disaster hits, this can help to avoid panic and ensure that all the
tasks get completed.
Create Contact Cards
Create contact cards for every member of the household.
Include everyone’s details as well as details for family, friends, and the emergency services.
Ensure that everyone keeps their card on them throughout the emergency.
Prepare Your Supplies
You will want to create a survival kit so you can prepare in advance.
You may be out of contact with the rest of the world for days, and your comfort and survival
will depend on being prepared.
Your supplies should consist of a gallon of water per person per day, and you should store
enough for two weeks in your home.
For food, store tins and other non-perishable food that is easy to prepare.
Also store a battery-powered radio, sanitation items, some flashlights, a first-aid kit, any
medications you need for at least a week, a cell phone and charger, matches, a whistle,
blankets, clothing, and sleeping bags.
You may need specific supplies for different family members, like diapers for babies, games
for children, and food for pets.
Learn Important Survival Skills
Everything changes when a major disaster hits.
The emergency response will probably be slower, and you can improve your odds by learning
important survival skills in advance.
This can include everything from controlling body temperature to defending your property,
and you and your family can learn such skills on a course.
Also get some first-aid training, and make sure at least one person has first-aid training and
Put Your Plan into Practice
To prepare properly, make sure you practice drills so you know exactly what to do when the
real emergency hits.
You may want to time how long it takes everyone to get into the basement, and in doing this
you can uncover problem areas to fix before the real thing.
Stay Safe when Disaster Hits
Find out about the natural disasters you may face in your area.
If you are new to an area, find out from local people what to expect, and get tips from them.
Then spend time preparing for natural disasters, and it could make all the difference when
About the Author
Conrad Novak is committed to providing you with the most accurate and up-to-date tips and information to help you become more self-reliant and keep you prepared for whatever life throws at you. Conrad is a proud father of two great children and believes in the importance of preparing for problems before they become issues.
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