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Being disaster ready is easy, all you have to do is start. With the number of disasters we have been through recently, if you are not prepared for a disaster, then it is time to take a look at your pantry and water reserve and think to yourself: would I survive?
We have seen some massive and destructive storms, floods and disasters over the last few years, and the more they happen the more we realize disaster preparedness is quickly becoming a household issue.
While this year has seen considerable damage and costs accrued by natural disasters, in 2010 more than 260 million people were affected by disasters across the globe. In that year, there were more than 320,000 deaths caused by earthquakes, tsunamis, and other disasters.
This just goes to show that disaster preparedness matters, because by the time disaster strikes and your world has literally turned upside down it’s too late to prepare for the worst. A lesson learnt by many in disaster situations is that it is best to be fully prepared before the sirens sound and the stores run out of supplies.
So how easy is it to become more disaster ready, so that when something happens, you are able to respond more effectively and help yourself, your family and others around you? Let’s take a look.
You can’t trust that when an emergency situation appears you and your family will face it with steady minds and without panic. Panic, stress, and fear are all natural indicators seen in every disaster and emergency situation.
Making sure you have a clear plan in place is important not only to prepare things you might miss out on, but to remove the need to think about a plan when you might be suffering from that disaster-induced panic.
Ensuring you have a suitable bug out plan allows you to be able to get your things ready quickly and in a rush, have communications methods set up to contact those you love and a method of getting out of an affected disaster area.
Make sure you and your family know more than one way to get to your designated evacuation/meet-up location.
Making a bug out bag is quite simple and can be broken down into three stages:
Whether it’s a backpack, duffle bag or storage bin you need to make sure you have access to essential items for your family’s survival. As long as it’s pre-made and mobile capable then no matter the disaster at least you and your group will have food, water, and healthcare covered for a while.
There’s no point in having an emergency plan, emergency meet-up spot or an emergency job if you’re untrained. Just like practicing driving multiple times in order to do so with ease, your household should rehearse the plan at least twice a year for the same reason.
Some use call trees others use emergency contact protocols. Whatever the method make sure you have outside contacts ready to take your text or radio signal just in case you need distance between you and the worst that’s occurring.
It’s a worst-case scenario, but a life-saving piece of knowledge. While it’s best that as many members of your family or household knows how to administer CPR you’ll want to ensure that at least one person has the training.
Your emergency kit should provide the necessities of what you need to survive in a disaster. On that basis, the specifics will include items tailored to your location and the different environmental factors you’ll face.
here are some general items to include.
There are a number of survival essentials to any disaster situation, but in consideration of a household disaster preparedness kit, these are the basic items that you will be able to use to stay healthy, safe and connected in a disaster.
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