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Disaster Preparedness Basics

Disasters will strike without much warning and when you least expect them so it's better to be prepared for them. Learning how to anticipate calamities and emergencies that may require you to evacuate or survive for days on your own. Disaster preparedness encompasses all efforts geared at helping you and your family cope with disasters so that damage and injuries are minimized.

Where it can strike

One thing that you need to understand is that disasters can strike anywhere and they wouldn't happen when you're comfortably waiting for them to strike. You could be in your office or at the grocer or somewhere else when an earthquake hits your city. Disasters wouldn't wait for you to be with your family before it wreaks havoc. As such, it's important that every member of your family understands how to cope with such emergencies especially when Mom or Dad aren't home to take charge.

Assign responsibilities

Your family has to work as a team in the face of disasters. In a disaster preparedness plan, you need to delegate responsibilities for each person. For instance, the older children can take care of their younger siblings; one of you could be in charge of taking the survival kit out of the cupboard; another will be responsible for calling for help, and so on.

Since it's entirely possible that you may not be with your family when calamities strike, you will also want to agree on two possible places where you can meet later on. For instance, in case of a home disaster like fire, you want your children to meet at a specific spot outside the home. Another place would be a different address, somewhere that is easily accessible. Make sure that everyone knows the phone numbers and address of this place.

Family contact

As part of your disaster preparedness plan, you will also want to ask a friend or relative who lives in another state to be point of contact for your family. In case you get separated from one another, all of you can just call this person so you can tell the others where you are. Make sure that even the younger children know this number.

And speaking of phone numbers, you will also want to teach your children how to dial emergency numbers. Post local assistance contact numbers near your telephones.

And most important of all, assemble your survival kit.  Here at 1800 PREPARE, we can supplement your disaster preparedness plan with the right choice of emergency supplies and disaster kits. Contact us through this website for more information.