We are in the final week or Emergency Preparedness month! Hopefully you have been assessing your emergency kit to make sure it’s fully stocked should you ever need to use it. How is your emergency plan looking though? An emergency kit won’t be very useful if your family is not sure where it is or where to meet. A plan of action is every bit as important as food and water when it comes to emergency readiness. Here are some steps to take to make sure your family is adequately prepared:
- Find out what types of emergencies your area may be at risk for. There is no point in preparing for a tsunami in a land locked state or a dust storm if you live in an oceanic climate. Educate yourself on what could potentially come your way and how to best prepare for each event. Learn about your community warning signals and how to properly respond.
- Your emergency kit may be fully stocked, but what will you do if your family needs to leave your home? Make sure your emergency kit is mobile or make a separate “go bag” should you need to leave your home in a hurry.
- Come up with two places your family can safely meet should an emergency occur. If there was a fire, where could you meet outside your home? If a disaster occurred and you could not return to your home, where is a safe place you could all meet?
- Designate a person of contact that your family will reach out to should you be separated when a disaster occurs. Local phone lines may be down in an emergency situation so it may be easier to reach someone out of the area.
- Practice your evacuation plan with your family. If an emergency plan cannot be well executed, it is useless. FEMA recommends running these drills at least twice a year.
We hope that we have provided you with some valuable information this month and you take the time to discuss your emergency preparedness plan with your family and community!