While it’s impossible to predict exactly when a disaster may strike, taking time to plan ahead can help your family prepare for the unexpected and ensure their safety at home or in the car. What should your disaster plan include? Here’s a list to help you create a system that keeps your family connected and safe.
Prepare emergency kits.
Emergency kits for homes and autos should include a three-day supply of water and nonperishable food for each person. Include a flashlight, hand-crank or battery-powered radio, batteries, extra cash, cell phone with extra battery and charger, first-aid supplies, critical medications, and basic personal hygiene products. For your car kit, include local maps, blankets, shoes, flares, and a basic toolkit.
Practice first aid.
Learning CPR and emergency first aid can save the life of a family member or friend.
Reroute your commute.
Consider how different types of natural disasters might affect your commute, and plan alternative routes or forms of transportation to get home. Keep a list of bus, ferry, and train routes.
Map out several evacuation routes from your home and neighborhood.
Be school smart.
If you have young children and can’t retrieve them from school, be aware of school emergency procedures and understand what authorization is required for them to be released to someone other than you.
Consider where family members might be during a disaster, how they will get to a safe place, and how you will communicate with each other. Agree upon on a predetermined meeting place in case you and your family members are unable to return home and communications systems are down.