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Tips on Disaster Preparedness That Just Might Save Lives

4/19/2017 6:40 PM Comments Posted By Floralyn Teodoro
Although disasters and emergencies can’t be prevented, you can reduce your home’s potential for serious damages. Preparation is key.

Given how unpredictable and inevitable disasters are, it’s important to take extra measures to reduce the potential damages they can bring your home and your family. There are many preparations you can do to make the impact more manageable and less devastating.

Being unprepared for disasters and emergencies can be costly; it won’t only cost properties but precious lives as well. With that, here are tips on disaster preparedness to prepare and safeguard you, your family, and your home for when an unfortunate event or disaster strikes:


Identify your risks.

Be aware of your surroundings. Identify the most common risks and hazards in your location and the nearby areas. You have to figure out which disasters, calamities, hazards, and perils to expect in your area of residence. This way, you’ll know the right preparations you need to do. Check U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)’s website for the complete set of information.


Make various plans.

In making an emergency or disaster plan, you have to establish your goals. To determine the goals you need in making plans, ask the concerns of each of your family members. From there, you will be able to make the right goals and implementations to address those specific concerns during a disaster. You can also refer to the risks and hazards you identified.

Among the many emergency plans you can make, here are the three plans you must not forget:

• Communication. A communication plan plays a vital role in times of disasters. With a central person to contact, it will be much easier to check on everyone and reunite during or after a disaster. This central person can be an out-of-state relative.
• Evacuation. You need to establish a safety destination to evacuate to when you’re instructed to leave your house in the event of a disaster or emergency. More than that, you also need to plan several different routes on how to get there safely.
This safety destination can also be your family’s meeting place if in case you’re from different places (school, work, grocery, etc.) during the event of a disaster.
• Emergency supply. An emergency supply plan depends on the basic needs of each one in your household. Always ready a basic emergency supply kit, a first aid kit, an infant emergency kit, and a pet supply kit that can suffice for at least 72 hours.


In making an emergency or disaster plan, don’t forget these three crucial information everyone in your household must know of: who to call, where to meet, and what to pack.


Ready your house.

You need to make sure your primary place of shelter, aka your house, is in its best condition to withstand the impact and effects of different disasters. To get started, you need to first check your home’s vulnerabilities and have them addressed immediately. Doing this can save you from feeling and being helpless at the time of a disaster, destructive weather, etc.

• Reinforce the connection between your roofs and walls with hurricane straps.
• Protect your glass doors and windows with shutters or make-shift panels from plywood.
• Trim off weak tree branches that may tend to break off during natural disasters.
• Check all areas of your home for cracks and repair them immediately.
• Figure out where to shut off water, electricity, and gas utilities in the case of an emergency.
• Have an emergency contact list ready and easily accessible to everyone in the house.


Secure documents.

Your legal documents, especially the original copies, are just as important as your other properties and possessions. You better secure them in a lockable box that’s both waterproof and fireproof. Besides keeping the original copies, you must also scan them to have digital copies as back-up. In the case of disasters, these electronic copies can equal the original copies.

Included in the list of documents you must secure are birth or adoption certificates, passports, social security cards, marriage certificate, identification cards, deeds, property titles, will, loan documents, insurance contracts, naturalization papers, and other similar docs.


Learn basic first aid.

During times of emergency when medical help and care is not immediately available, even basic first aid knowledge and skills will be of great help. By knowing how to administer immediate care during a disaster or emergency, you can save a life. Check out these resources for more expert info and instructions: American Red Cross, British Red Cross, and ReadyWV.

“We cannot stop natural disasters, but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness,” says Petra Nemcova, the founder of Happy Hearts Fund, a non-profit organization that helps children who survived natural disasters.

In the event of an unexpected disaster or emergency, being prepared might just save your life and other people’s lives as well. Practice disaster preparedness today!


Sources:

http://preparednessmama.com/new-moms-prepare-for-disasters/
http://www.ncpc.org/topics/preparedness/disaster-preparedness/planning-for-emergencies-a-family-guide
http://www.ncpc.org/topics/preparedness/disaster-preparedness/tips-on-disaster-preparedness
https://www.iccsafe.org/safety/Documents/BSW-SafetyFirst.pdf
https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-steps-to-preparing-your-home-for-a-disaster-97838/
https://www.iccsafe.org/safety/Documents/BSW-SafetyFirst.pdf
https://www.araglegal.com/assets/documents/newsroom/arag_guidebook_legal_issues_surrounding_natural_disaster.pdf

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