Before, During And After Disaster Preparedness Tips

Disaster can strike anytime. And what’s worse is if it strikes you and your family, the damage could be overwhelming.

Emergency plans, bug out bags, and effective disaster management are just some of the ways you can prepare your family in order to have the best chances in worst case scenarios.

But what if something truly unexpected happens, like another Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where you happen to be vacationing? Would your family know how to respond and thrive during and after such a disaster? As the protector of your family it makes sense to always think in terms of general preparedness. We have some tips you might like.

The first tip is to buy or make an emergency kit that is sufficient for the three days or seventy two hours following an emergency, and always keep it near you.

A simple disaster preparedness kit should probably contain (for each person in your family):

  • adequate water,
  • food,
  • a flashlight,
  • batteries,
  • a radio,
  • first aid solutions,
  • sanitation materials
  • a fire starter
  • an all-around useful knife
  • and useful clothing

In order to assess family readiness, we suggest that you conduct a disaster preparedness drills.

It could be a simple fire house drill or a route plan to orient each member of the family as to where to meet up during a disaster should you get separated.

Everyone should learn CPR as a general skill too. Another good idea is to get a safety deposit box at a local trusted banking institution and store copies of all documents and important files such as birth certificates, insurance papers, passports, and recent family photos.

Should a disaster strike your area here are some steps to follow.

First, grab the emergency kit and exit your home only if there is a need to do so.  Some situations demand that you exit while in others you’d be well advised to stay indoors, (say during a Zombie Apocalypse).

But during an earthquake, tornado or hurricane, the safest place may not be your home.

When evacuating your home, each family member would be expected to go to your designated meeting place. If someone is badly hurt and needs medical attention, seek help and bring that person immediately to the closest hospital, triage area, or medical facility, first.

Staying calm in a disaster situation is the best way to ensure survival. Panicking causes much greater harm than good, so teach every member of the family to be extra mindful when the going gets particularly rough.

If a disaster takes place, and you are evacuated, ask for help from emergency officials to ensure your entire family is safe.  Please note that first responders will probably be overwhelmed with requests.  However, if you have pre-planned for events, you may be able to join the responders in helping those affected.

If you stayed at home, turn on your battery powered radio and listen for the news. Be careful regarding objects in your house which could become dangerous depending on the situation. If staying at home, seems to be dangerous carefully venture out and look for a safer place in the neighborhood as early as reasonably possible.

The biggest point to remember is that all family members should go through some type of preparedness plan walkthrough at least 4 times per year.  Make it a game.  Change up the circumstances.  Quiz the youngest family members regarding the appropriate steps to take.

Your youngsters should be at least as knowledgeable as this young lady in the video below.

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