Tips for Disaster Preparedness

You never know when a disaster could strike, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared. A big part of survival is having knowledge that you can call on when you need it. Even though you might not know when a disaster will hit, you can still be prepared. Keep in mind the following tips.

First, make sure you know the most likely possible disasters in your area. If you live along the coast of the Atlantic or the Gulf, you are at a higher risk for hurricanes. Someone hunkered down in Butte, MT does not have to worry about this issue. If you live in California, earthquakes are not only a possibility, they are an eventuality. Know the most common types of disasters for your area and then plan for those.

Part of the plan needs to be creating escape routes from your home and your place of work. Make sure the family knows these plans, too. You should also have a plan for where to meet after fleeing the disaster, just in case you are separated or not together when the disaster occurs. You should have a backup location, as well.

Do not disable the emergency alerts on your phone. They might be annoying when they go off, but dealing with a minor annoyance once in a while is worth it if the alerts can also notify you of impending danger to you and your family.

If you have pets and children, you will need to make sure you are prepared to help them during the emergency. All members of the family, even the furry, feathered or scaly ones, will need to have their own go bag in case of a disaster.

Finally, start learning skills that can come in handy during an emergency, such as first aid, if you haven’t already. With these tips, you should be better prepared to handle disasters.

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