by Chris Grigas

Disaster Preparedness


Wildfires. Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Flash Floods.

These severe weather/climate events have become all too familiar in today’s day and age. Weather events are increasing in size and severity and, unfortunately, more and more people are experiencing them. Beyond asking ourselves why these events are happening, we can have disaster preparedness for ourselves and our families by following some simple tips and suggestions from www.ready.gov:

  1. Put together a plan in case of an emergency.
    1. Discuss what your family should do in the event of a natural disaster. Who should contact whom? Where should everyone meet in case they are not together, or become separated? What should our evacuation plan be, if need be? These are some of the questions that you should discuss with your family while making your plan
  2. Put together an emergency disaster supply bag.
    1. This bag should include essential items that may be difficult to obtain during the course of a natural disaster. Some suggested items to include (it is important to note that some of these may change based on your individual needs/needs of your family):
      1. Bottled water or a water portable water filtration system.
      2. Spare dry clothes.
  • Non-perishable food such as canned goods, package goods, and other items that do not require refrigeration.
  1. Portable lighting such as a lantern, or even a flashlight, or tea candles.
  2. An emergency radio so you can stay up to date on occurring events in the area of the disaster and receive instructions from proper authorities.
  3. A supply of daily medications for you and members of your family.
  1. Practice your plan
    1. The old adage “practice makes perfect” certainly applies. Practicing your plan will give you and your family the experience and knowledge on executing it.

Natural disasters are a part of life we cannot avoid. However, the more we are aware and prepare for them, the better the odds are that we can recover from them in a timely manner.

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