Disasters have become a part of our reality, but we are not entirely at the mercy of their effects. We can prepare for disasters, and the effort can pay off exponentially. Preparing is not complicated, but remember, emergency preparedness is more than just a “kit”.
Many people think they can simply purchase a store bought kit, and bang, they are ‘ready’ (prepared for any emergency). This is a false sense of security, and very risky given that your family is relying on you to keep them safe. A kit is a good start, but does it have everything your family needs? Water? Food? Medication? Cell phone charger? Special needs?
What about the other elements like protecting important documents?
- birth certificates
- proof of citizenship,
- adoption papers,
- marriage certificates,
- life and medical insurance,
- investment papers,
- family photos, etc.
What about a disaster communication and reunion plan? How will you reunite with your family if you are at work? or get the kids from school? Do they know where to go? Have you determined a location where everyone will meet? What about if you had to evacuate? What would you bring?
Buying a store-bought emergency kit is a start, but make sure it has everything your family needs to survive for at least 3 days or more (per person). Safeguard important documents, create a communication and reunion plan, create a shelter and evacuation plan, assemble emergency supplies for the house, prepare the house. Lastly, make sure everyone knows how to respond to disasters, and know how to return home safely.
For more detailed information, get your copy of The 7 Steps to Emergency Preparedness for Families: A Practical and Easy-To-Follow Guide to Prepare for Any Disaster