When it comes to disaster planning in the US, around 77% of Americans think they are ready for an impending disaster. In comparison, 37% of those are entirely confident they can support themselves in the event of a natural or artificial disaster.
But what exactly is a disaster level event? Typically, this is when you cannot live your life as expected due to a catastrophic event or weather system. Fires, earthquakes, floods etc., severe weather conditions are all disaster level events that can seriously affect your day to day life and put you at risk of harm or death.
But how can you be prepared for something like this?
Know What Emergency to Expect
Most Americans will know what to expect in their local area. And while specific events can take you unawares, weather-based situations can be something you frequently experience, allowing you the chance to prepare for them.
Inventory Your Home Supplies
The last thing you want is to find yourself in a situation where you require emergency supplies and not have them on hand. An emergency kit can be helpful in case of an earthquake, fire, hurricane, power outage, or another natural disaster.
You’ll need to assess what kind of emergency you are preparing for when creating your inventory. For example, when preparing for a hurricane, you will need food and bottled water, while if you are preparing for an earthquake, then flashlights and batteries will be more valuable.
There is no one right way to create an emergency kit, so every family must have their own unique inventory list based on their needs.
Practice What to do in the event of an Emergency
It is essential to be prepared in the event of an emergency. You need to know what steps to take when a disaster happens.
In times of disaster, you must stay informed and aware of what’s going on around you. This will keep you from panicking and making rash decisions that could put your safety at risk.
The following are some steps that you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones before, during, and after a disaster:
- Check your supplies
- Make sure you have emergency contact information and methods, including a phone system for contacting people.
- Find a local restoration company that can assist you in rectifying any damage you might sustain
- Find ways to ensure a constant stream of information to keep you up to date with events.
Stockpile Supplies that You Might Need in a Crisis
In a crisis or disaster, you need to have all the supplies that you might need to take care of yourself and others.
Include a comprehensive list of items that should be stocked in your home during a crisis. Items can include:
- – First aid kit
- – Emergency medical supplies
- – Nonperishable food and water
- – Emergency contact info for immediate responders
- – Personal documents and copies of important files
- -Spare clothing or blankets
- – Flashlight
- – Batteries
- – Toiletries such as body cleaning wipes, dry shampoo.
While this isn’t extensive, it is a great place to start when being prepared for an emergency.
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