When a disaster strikes, all you and your family can do is react to what happened. The question is, do you want to act out of fear or out of preparedness? So, where do you start with prep for an emergency at home?
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Why Is It Important to Be Prepared for Emergencies?
Life does not always happen the way you play it. While you may never truly need it, knowing how to prep for a natural disaster is a must. If you are not prepared, you are more likely to be afraid, have anxiety cloud your decision-making, and potentially suffer more loss during a natural disaster. Being prepared can also lessen the recovery time.
What Can I Do Ahead of Time?
Instead of spending another night relaxing and watching TV, develop a plan and start to prepare. Starting prep for an emergency at home can be overwhelming, so let's cover some scenarios and how to prepare for them!
How to Prep Your Home and Stay Warm In Case the Power Goes Out:
Keeping separate clothing items, snacks, books, flashlights, and other emergency items stored away in an easily accessible location is imperative for a successful plan. Another great thing to have around is a generator that will power your house, helping you to stay warm.
Preparation For a Tornado:
The key to prepping for a tornado is storing necessary items in your basement or safe location. Some essential items include fresh batteries, a battery-powered radio, an emergency kit, and a list of emergency phone numbers. Another addition to your prep is having a fool-proof plan for you and your family to follow when you get the news. This includes all vacancy plans you have for each family member, including pets and children with special needs. It's also helpful to test these plans through occasional "tornado drills" to ensure everyone will be on the same page during an actual emergency.
Remember fire drills in school? Try running a few in your house, along with testing out the smoke detectors regularly, since fire detection is essential to minimizing damage. Also, make sure each family member knows the fire escape plan. If you have a large family, you may want to think about assigning everyone a buddy to keep everyone accounted for.
If someone in your household has a high risk of a health emergency, it is best to plan for those emergencies. For example, keeping an extra EpiPen in a family-known place is helpful if your loved one is highly allergic to an ingredient. It's also good to provide symptom cues and signs posted in a common area, such as a fridge or bulletin board. This is helpful if you have an allergy-sensitive child who needs to stay in the care of a babysitter or other family member.
Once again, a plan for your family is a must. A plan for an earthquake includes pointing out safe indoor places to hide and trying to find at least one in each room. Practice dropping, covering your head, and holding the position with all family members. Most importantly, make an earthquake emergency kit. These kits can include food, water, batteries, radios that take batteries, blankets, and first aid gear.
When disaster strikes, stay calm and focused during the emergency. Remember, you have a plan and have prepared for that moment. Staying focused can aid in a safe and speedy recovery process.
Do you have any other tips for handling a natural disaster? Leave a comment down below!
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