Sooner or later, your family could be affected by a natural disaster. Because disasters often strike without warning, it is necessary to prepare ahead of time for the disaster that may come at any time. Here are some helpful planning tips
1. Consider Your Family's Needs
A general disaster preparedness plan is okay, but try to tailor it so that it addresses the unique needs of your family members. For example, if you have someone in your family with limited mobility, try to find a shelter that offers ADA showers
. If anyone in your family takes medication on a regular basis, try to obtain extra beforehand in case you cannot get to the pharmacy for a while.
2. Pack Emergency Supplies
Among the many emergency supplies you may need are:
- Drinking water
- Nonperishable food
- First-aid kit
- Extra clothing and blankets
If possible, make the kit portable so that you can take it with you if you have to evacuate.
3. Be Considerate of Others
You should have a small surplus of emergency supplies in case the disaster lasts for a while. However, do not hoard supplies. Otherwise, your neighbors who are in need may not be able to access them. Be prepared to share, if necessary.
4. Keep Hard Copies
Any important documents you may need should be placed into a waterproof container and taken with you. This includes phone numbers of family members, insurers, etc. You may be used to storing these on your phone, but your phone could become damaged or there may not be electricity to recharge it.
5. Plan for Separation
The goal is to keep your family together during a disaster, but you may get separated by accident. Prepare for this by making a family plan for where you will meet up if you get separated during a disaster.
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