We can easily fall victim to a thought that is all too common, ‘nothing will happen where I live’. Yet quite often after a disaster happens we see interviews of people who had previously thought the same thing. Wouldn’t it be better to be prepared ahead of time? Emergency preparedness can help protect you and your family.
Why is emergency preparedness important?
Many families live in areas that experience tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wild fires, house fires, snow storms, and ice storms. A large portion of the population of the United States also lives near a nuclear reactor. It was only after a natural disaster came close to where my wife and I used to live that we began to take emergency preparedness seriously.
We used to live in Southwest Missouri and on May 22, 2011 an EF5-rated multiple-vortex storm that reached nearly a mile wide went right through the southern part of Joplin, Missouri about 40 miles from where we lived. The sirens were going off in our town and vortexes had been spotted in the area. In the 34 years I had lived there I had never seen a storm like that come through. No one had. This was a wake up call for us to be better prepared for an emergency.
How can you and your family be prepared for a disaster?
Make a plan. According to the website ready.gov you should have an emergency plan. Below is a summary.
They recommend discussing the following four questions as a family.
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
As you make your plan consider the needs of your family. Things like each family member’s age, locations they frequent, dietary needs and so forth.
Write down your plan so that it is clear and can be periodically updated.
Practice your plan.
Have a disaster supplies or survival kit. The website ready.gov recommends having enough food, water, and other supplies for at least 72 hours.
Below are some supplies they recommend having in a survival kit.
- Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for each person
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
- Whistle to signal for help
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Have the peace of mind knowing that you and your family are prepared for a potential disaster. Emergency preparedness is an important part of protecting your family. With a little work and preparation you and your family will be disaster ready.
Mainely Survival was created to help you to prepare for a disaster. We have survival kits for individuals and families, even pets. There’s emergency kits as well as food with long shelf life. Tools, hygiene and sanitation items, first aid kits and much more. On our site you will find the supplies you need for the type of disaster you are likely to face in your area.