Preparing your home for a potential emergency situation is usually not high on the “to-do” list when it comes to getting settled in. But with unexpected weather patterns and life situations it is important to make sure your home is ready, just in case.
Unless you are a meteorologist, predicting the weather is very unlikely; however we can prepare ourselves to access necessities during power outages and minimize damage when a real disaster strikes. Create a list of things you will need and commit to checking off the items. This way you will feel good knowing you are on the right track to protecting your family and home.
Step 1: Prepare an Emergency Kit- The purpose of the emergency kit is to have everything you would need together to survive for several days in one location or if you were forced to leave quickly. The essential items such as non-perishable food and water are guaranteed but what else can you fill it up with?
- A first aid kit
- Can opener for food
- Extra cell phone with charger
- Sleeping bag/blankets
Step 2: Create a Plan- Putting together a plan of whom, when, where and how are vital if the circumstances of the disaster don’t allow you to return to a familiar place. Try to agree on two neutral meeting spots where you will connect if there is a sudden emergency. It is also important to choose a family member or close friend that can relay messages to other family members if you are separated.
Step 3: Know in Advance- In the event of an emergency, find out where the nearest emergency centers are located and an evacuation route you will take. Being aware of this information before the emergency will prevent a state of panic and feeling out of control.
No matter what the situation, facing an emergency is a stressful and difficult time. If you can, why not reduce the stress in advance with careful planning and communication. You will be thankful you and your family were prepared and ready to react.