This month is National Preparedness Month which means it is a great time to make sure you and your loved ones are prepared if a disaster ever strikes your area. You can never be too prepared for an emergency, which is why following these key tips and tools will help make sure you are prepared as possible.
Some disasters that could strike your area include hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, or even a house fire in your home. A disaster plan can ensure you are ready if you and your family ever have to deal with one of these emergencies. A plan should include the following:
§ A meeting place right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire or gas leak
§ A location outside the home where family members can meet if you are unable to get to your home
§ A contact such as a family member or close friend that lives outside of the area that can help connect
The Red Cross provides a planning sheet that you can easily download and print off: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m12140360_ARC_Family_Disaster_Plan_Template_r083012.pdf?campmedium=internal_link_download&campname=family_disaster_plan_english
It is a good idea to hold a family meeting and discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies. Each member should have a duty assigned to them so that everyone can work together when stress can usually be high due to an emergency occurring. Plan out an evacuation plan from the home and keep all important documents in one location. The documents should be secured in a safe box that is fire proof. Have a plan in place for your pets as well.
The Red Cross also has a great site set up to let your family know you are safe in the event of an emergency. Visit this site for more info: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
Remember, if you find yourself in an emergency; please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.