With the city of Phoenix literally underwater earlier this month, it seems like nowhere is safe from natural disasters that can lead to a state of emergency. In the month of September, FEMA is encouraging families to take part in National Preparedness Month, which will cumulate on September 30th with America’s Preparathon! Use the tips below to stay ready for emergencies so those days that start out like any other, but end with the wrath of Mother Nature, are not a devastation for your family.
Recognize potential hazards
You should get to know the possible hazards that might occur where you live and keep emergency weather alerts active on your phone. When you know what to expect, you can create better plans for surviving these tough situations. Some emergencies like hurricanes, winter storms, and wildfires have some predictability, but others like earthquakes and tornadoes may be gone as quickly as they arrive, leaving thousands of dollars in damage behind.
Keep essential supplies handy
Because you can’t always know when emergencies will strike, you should have a kit of supplies in an easily accessible area of your house. Along with items like flashlights, first-aid kits, dust masks, and moist towelettes, you will want to keep fresh bottled water and 3-days’ worth of non-perishable food on hand in case you are stranded waiting for emergency help. A cell phone with a solar charger is also a great tool to keep on hand, though you can’t always rely on cell phone service during natural disasters.
Create emergency plans
In some cases, you might need to evacuate your home when disaster strikes. In these instances, it’s best to have an evacuation route in mind, as well as a plan for how to pick up and go at a moment’s notice. You don’t have to go so far as to do trial runs, but every family should have a plan in place for when the worst does happen. It can be difficult to make quick decisions in an emergency situation, so having a strategy in place can help you to keep stress down when you most need a level head.
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