Natural Disasters
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Are you ready

Mother nature has been pretty scary as of late.  Between all the wildfires, tornadoes, blizzards, and hurricanes, we have potentially bad situations going on all the time. The first thing we all need to do is stay informed, know about receiving emergency alerts and local emergency plans for shelter, evacuation, local emergency contacts, and local emergency advance alerts and warnings.  This article will focus on two basic protective measures for all hazards making a plan and building an emergency supply kit.

Making a Plan

One of best things we can do is make an emergency plan for the safety of your family and loved ones.  According to ready.gov we should keep the following things in mind when creating a plan

  • keep in mind the different ages of family members
  • locations the family frequents
  • dietary needs
  • medical needs including medications and equipment
  • disabilities or access required by your family members
  • pets and service animals

ready.gov has many more detailed resources for the creation of your personal emergency plan including communication plans, and specific ideas for those with disabilities, pets, and children.

 

Another thing to remember is if there are plans created at your workplace or children's school campus. Ask if there is an emergency plan available at your work place or school, and if there isn't you might want to consider volunteering to create one. Below are somethings you should ask your workplace and or school campus regarding their emergency plan

  • ask how they will communicate with families during an emergency situation
  • ask if adequate supplies are on hand such as food, water and other basic supplies
  • find out if they are prepared to shelter in place, and where they plan to go if they can not

For further information on emergency planning for schools go to U.S. Department of Education Emergency Planning 

For further information on emergency planning for your workplace go to ready.gov/business

Make an Emergency Supply Kit

Building a disaster supply kit is an essential need in your preparation for disaster.  Assemble you kit well in advance.  It is possible in an emergency you may have to leave with little or no warning, and you may not have time to search or purchase supplies. You may have to survive on your own after an emergency, it is suggested you have supplies such as food, water, other supplies that will be sufficient for 72hrs.   You should include the following in your basic supply kit

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
  • Food - at least a three day supply of non perishable food
  • Radio - battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with a tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Signal whistle
  • Dusk masks
  • Moist towlettes, garbadge bags and plastic ties for personal santation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utlities
  • Manual can opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

You can find additional information on building your supply kit by going to ready.gov/kit

Bad things happen all the time, we can't always prevent them or prevent them at all in the case of a natural disaster, but we can always plan and be prepared so come through the situations as best as possible.  For more info being prepared go to ready.gov