Emergency Preparedness, Making Your Plan

Emergency Preparedness, Making Your Plan

The more information we can acquire about emergency preparedness, the more disaster awareness we’ll have and thus the more we increase our chances for survival.

As we all know, natural disaster or terrorist attack can occur any time. One of the major mistakes that people make is assuming that those catastrophic events will never happen to them. When a disaster does strike, most people’s first instinct is to panic. This is the last thing you want to happen. Panic is your worst enemy.

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It should go without saying then, that the key to surviving any type of disaster, is to prepare for it beforehand.Preparation and forethought are the best ways to fight panic. Thinking about what you need to do and when you need to do it, are keys in ensuring that you’ll be ready for to secure not only your own survival, but that of that of your family as well. The question is, are you ready? If you are not, below are some of the things that you can do to prepare for any type of disaster.

Talk with your family about potential disasters that can happen in the general area where you live and why it’s necessary to prepare for them. Involve each member of your family in the planning process, by showing them simple steps that can increase their safety. By doing this, you can help reduce their anxiety about emergencies and help any tendency they may have to panic. Make out lists.

You’ll need of list of provisions and supplies that you can pack in an emergency survival kit and make sure you pack enough to last for 3 days. You need a list of what you should do as well as what you shouldn’t do and a timeline of when you should do it. It’s also advantageous to have  a list of where you can go and where you can’t. You should have multiples of these last two lists depending on the type of disaster you are going to facing.

You should have a separate survival kit for each member in the family since each person needs are different. Make sure everyone knows where to find their survival kit and make sure that they keep their respective kits freshly stocked with the supplies that they are going to need.

For example, if you have a child with asthma, you’ll need to make sure that their survival kit is supplied with emergency breathers and medicines to keep their airways clear. If you have a diabetic in the family, they’ll need to make sure their survival kit has enough insulin or oral medication to get them through a minimum for 3 days or a least a week if possible. This is to make sure that they have what is needed before emergency help can arrive or if you have to evacuate your home. the women in the family will definitely have different needs than the men in the family, so it simply makes sense that the contents in the survival kits are going to be different.

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