A natural disaster can strike at any moment so disaster preparedness is something that everyone should be thinking about. Planning ahead is extremely important. What steps can be taken to make sure that in the case of emergency the damage to your home is kept to a minimum and your family are safe? Follow these simple steps and they will help keep your home intact and your family safe.
Identify Safe Spots in the Home
Do you know where the safest spot in your home is to survive a tornado, earthquake or severe storm? You’ll want to look at the structure of your home to decide where the safe spots are. Under a stairway in the basement is generally regarded as a safe spot for weather related emergencies.
Know the Area You Live In
A really important step in disaster preparedness is knowing the area that you live in. Are you in an area that is prone to flooding? Are there levies or dams that could be compromised in heavy wind or flooding? If your home is in danger of being compromised by flood or high wind you will want to address fixing or minimizing those issues before a disaster strikes.
Store Food, Medicine and Water
You need food and water to survive and anyone who is dependent on medication to survive will still need that medication even if the pharmacy is destroyed. It is important to have enough food, water and necessary medicine to keep everyone alive for at least a few weeks. Help is not always readily available so you will need to provide these necessities for you and your family.
Have Access to a Generator, Batteries and Working Radio
Keeping in touch with what is going on with the outside world is also important in a disaster situation. More than likely there will be no electricity, gas or water service for at least a few days. Without electricity our modern electronics like television and radio will not work. If you have access to a generator or have extra batteries and have a working radio, you will be able to quickly find out what is going on locally with the effort to bring help to you.
Each disaster that happens around the world is completely different from the next. What makes the difference is your level of disaster preparedness. Your level of comfort when preparing for natural disasters will depend on how well you prepared beforehand. Don’t allow yourself to become a statistic. Be prepared.
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