Creating a Family Disaster Plan

Putting together a disaster plan includes everything from building an emergency preparedness kit to preparing your home for severe weather. An emergency kit is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for a disaster or crisis situation where you need to be self sustaining for a time. If you have a family, these emergency kits can be even more important. Having the resources gathered to withstand prolonged power outages, water shortages, or displacements is important for health, safety, and comfort.

There are a lot of things to consider when putting together a comprehensive disaster preparation plan for the entire family. The aim of any preparedness kit is to ensure that you have enough essential items to withstand at least 7 days without services. You should also consider the integrity of your home when planning for a disaster. Here are some tips for getting a kit together and a look at some ways to prepare your home for a disaster.

Compile a List & Pack

The first step in preparing a disaster kit is to make a comprehensive list of all the food and supplies you will need. Here is an idea of what you may want to include: batteries, flashlights, battery powered radio, clock, lanterns, matches, fire extinguisher, toiletries, extra clothes, blankets, medication, hand tools, first aid kits, non-perishable food items, food and water for 7 days per person, maps, and insurance information. All of these items can be considered survival essentials and should be included in any kit. The best approach is to gradually compile a list and begin collecting, packing, and storing items in a secure place.

Prepare Your Home

Ensuring that your home is prepared for a disaster is as important as creating an emergency kit. Take the time to evaluate deficiencies and make repairs or upgrades in preparation for a disaster. Most disasters are sudden or entirely unpredictable, so inspect your home and make improvements over time to get it in better condition to resist the impact of a disaster. Doing things like replacing doors and windows with double pane glass and sturdier materials, adding security straps to the roof, fixing structural problems, installing storm shutters to windows, and cleaning the yard and trimming trees to prevent damage from debris are all good places to begin.

Your home is your shelter during a storm, so take care to prepare it in every way possible to resist a severe storm or other type of disaster. With a sturdy home and a well planned disaster kit, you will be in a much better position to recover quickly from a disaster. Keep all important documents in a secure location with your emergency kit and prepare an evacuation plan as a last resort. Over preparation is always better when planning for disasters.

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