The world around us is in a state of constant flux. There are many things that can disrupt your normal day-to-day activities, but you don’t have to be at the mercy of them. By taking steps to prepare for disasters before they happen, you can increase your chances of emerging victorious and unscathed. Here is your disaster preparedness guide:
Gather your documents and money.
It is important to have on hand the necessary documents and cash in order to have quick access to them in case of an emergency. Your documents should include: passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, and social security card, as well as medical records for yourself, family members, and pets (if you have any).
Evaluate your home.
Check the roof, windows and doors. Repair any damage done to them to prevent water damage. Check the foundation. Make sure it’s structurally sound by hiring a professional contractor if you’re unsure or see signs of cracks in the walls or floor. Check electrical system and water supply. Perform regular maintenance on both systems to keep them up to date, such as regularly checking fuses for power outages or changing filters as needed to ensure clean drinking water. Check the heating system and fire extinguisher (to be ready in case of emergency). If there are hazards like carbon monoxide detectors or smoke alarms already in place, make sure they are working properly before disaster strikes so your family can get away quickly if necessary! Make sure your first aid kit is stocked with important items like bandages/gauze pads – this includes anything you might need like antiseptic ointment/wipes too! And don’t forget about food supplies either (especially since the duration of earthquake recovery efforts largely depends on where they occur).
Get to know your community’s emergency plan.
As a citizen, you have a responsibility to know your community’s emergency plan. In an emergency, you need to know where to meet with your family and friends in case of separation. You also need to know what to do if you are injured in an emergency or your home is damaged in a disaster. If you are responsible for the safety of another person, a child or an elderly person, it is essential that you familiarize yourself with their needs as well as with the resources available in your community.
Preparing for a disaster: What supplies and tools do you need?
So you make a plan to prepare for an emergency. That’s good, but you’re still missing one thing: supplies and tools. Your kit should include things like flashlights and batteries, first aid kits and blankets, a battery-powered or wind-up radio (in case the power goes out), water bottles and food rations that do not need to be refrigerated or cooked. If you have kids at home – or if you’re a kid yourself – make sure they have their own personal kits with all of their essentials listed above! You might also consider having a larger kit in your car so it’s always ready to go if needed.
Remember, knowledge is power. If you are prepared for a disaster, you will be able to handle it better than if you are not.