If disaster strikes, would you and your family be prepared? Most of us would not be. Taking the time to prepare in advance is well worth the effort.
In California, we are all aware of the threat of an earthquake, but how many of us have considered the possibility of flooding, fire, landslides or even an act of terrorism? In every case, it’s important to plan in advance so that you can be prepared for a situation that will hopefully never occur.
Consider the following as part of your protection against disaster for you and your family:
- An Emergency Plan – Because most disasters occur without any warning, developing a comprehensive plan in the case of an emergency is essential. Ask yourself the following questions:
- How will you and your family contact each other in the event of an emergency?
- Do you have a meeting place if you are unable to meet at your home?
- What will you do if somebody is injured and needs assistance?
- Have you assembled your disaster kit?
- A Disaster Kit – Everyone should have a disaster kit. Determine how many people you need to take into consideration. For each of them, you want to make sure that you have a sufficient quantity of food, water and supplies to last a minimum of 72 hours (three days). New guidelines recommend being prepared for 7-10 days. For more information, click HERE.
- A Communication Plan – When disasters strike, you cannot be sure that everyone in your family will be together. It is important to have a communication plan in place. It is recommended that you create a card with a list of all essential contacts and make sure that each member of your family has one in a place where they’ll be able to access it.
- First Aid/CPR Classes – The knowledge gained from first aid and CPR classes can be beneficial to both your family as well as to others in your community.
While we know that it might be difficult to prepare for every possible scenario, the better your preparation, the safer you and your family will be if the unthinkable occurs. Relief workers cannot always reach everyone immediately, so it’s important that we all take the time and BE PREPARED!