Preparing Your Family For Disaster

Prepare Your Family

Preparing for disaster helps everyone in the family accept the fact that disasters do happen, and that they can do something about it. Families should work together to prepare themselves to meet their basic needs during and after disaster. When people feel prepared, they cope better with the situation.

Some things to do to get your family prepared:

Get Informed

• Call your local emergency management office and ask about the specific dangers in your community and about your risk to them. Also try to learn about community response plans, evacuation plans and routes, community warning systems, and neighborhood buildings that are designated as disaster shelters.
Learn about the emergency plans and procedures of other places you and your family spend time. Priority locations include work, schools, and childcare centers.
Create a Family Disaster Plan        
Talk with your family the dangers that could impact your local area, the potential for an evacuation or sheltering in place, and your community’s warning systems and what to do if they are used.
Decide where to meet in case of an emergency. Designate one location right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire.
Ask an out-of-town friend or relative to be your emergency contact. After a disaster, family members should call this person and tell them where they are.    
Make a communication plan where all family members know how to contact each other. It is important for children to know family members cell phone numbers, or they should carry them with them in a place like a backpack pocket.
Make provisions for your pets in your family disaster plan.
Practice the plan with the family.

Once you have your plan, be sure to practice and maintain it. For example, ask questions, especially kids to make sure your family remembers meeting places, phone numbers, and safety rules.

Have fire and emergency evacuation drills, test fire alarms, and replace and update disaster supplies.
Make sure to rotate your emergency food.

Assemble a survival kit

Every household should assemble a survival kit and keep in up to date. A survival  kit can help your family stay safe and be more comfortable during and after a disaster. Though local officials will hopefully be on the scene after a disaster, they cannot reach everyone immediately, so it is very important to be self-sufficient. Also, if you need to evacuate you probably will not have the opportunity to shop or search for the emergency supplies you and your family will need.

Pack disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry duffel bag or backpack and label it clearly.
Ask your children to think of items that they would like to include in the kit, like  books, games or snacks.

Things to include:

► Three-day supply of non-perishable food and manual can opener.

► Three-day supply of water (one gallon of water per person per day, at the very minimum).

► Portable, battery-powered radio and extra batteries. (Or crank charging)

►  Flashlights and extra batteries.

►  First aid kit and first aid manual.

► Photocopies of credit cards, identification cards and important papers in plastic bags.

► Sanitation and hygiene items (hand sanitizer, moist towelettes and toilet paper).

► Matches in a waterproof container.

► Whistle.

► Clothes, blankets, kitchen accessories and cooking utensils.

► Special needs items, such as prescription medications, spare eye-glasses, hearing aid batteries.

► Items for infants if needed, such as formula, diapers, bottles and pacifiers.

►Tools, pet supplies, a map of the local area, and other items to your family may need.

Keep your kit updated by marking dates on a calendar to regularly review and update your kit.
Consider having some emergency supplies in each vehicle and at your work if possible. You never know where you might be when a disaster strikes, or if you will even be able to get back to your home.

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