Emergency Survival Preparedness, Making Your Plan
The more information we can acquire about emergency survival preparedness, the more disaster awareness we’ll have and thus the more we increase our chances of survival.
As we all know, natural disaster or terrorist attack can occur anytime. 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.
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 a 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 of 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 of the survival kits are going to be different.
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Develop an evacuation plan for your family. This is where your lists of what to do and what not to do as well as the list of where you can go and where you can’t go are important. First gather facts about the type of disasters that happen in your areas such as Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Floods, House Fires and Wild Fires. Make plans on where you would go if your home is unsafe and you need to evacuate. Pick two different meeting places one in your neighborhood and one outside your neighborhood in case your neighborhood is being evacuated. Family members could be at different locations when a disaster strikes. How will you find your loved ones? Make sure you have a disaster communication plan to stay in touch. After a disaster, communications can be difficult; sometimes it is easier to get through to a contact person out of state than making a local call. If family members become separated in a disaster, have them call this person and let them know where they are and if they are okay. As part of your emergency preparedness plan, you will also want to ask a family member or friend who lives in another state or area to be the point of contact for your family. In case you get separated from one another, any or all of you can call this person so you can tell the others where you are. Make sure that even the younger children know this number.
Gathering Emergency Supplies. When a disaster occurs, there might not be access to food, water or electricity for days, or even weeks or months. You should store enough emergency food to provide for your family for at least 3 days, however, FEMA recommends that you have enough emergency supplies to take care of yourself and family for 2 weeks. You want foods that don’t require refrigeration and are ready to eat. There are several types and brands of ready to eat emergency foods available. You also want to make sure to include things like baby food and formula or other items that would be needed for infants or seniors. Water is so essential for survival. In many emergencies, public water supplies may either be disrupted or become contaminated and unsuitable for use.You will want to have at least 2 gallons per person per day. The average person drinks about a ½ gallon per day leaving the gallon and ½ for personal hygiene and food preparation. Other survival items you need to include in your emergency preparedness kit is a flashlight, radio – battery operated extra batteries, pocket knife, whistle, dust mask, extra clothes, emergency cash, emergency contact numbers and a first aid kit. Ambulances and medical personnel may not be able to access the area for quite some time. It is best if the family has care items available to aid anyone who is injured. A family should prepare themselves for a disaster as soon as possible. Being prepared could be the thing that keeps everyone safe in the worst of situations
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