It’s better to be ready than sorry.
There are many benefits when a community is prepared in times of disasters. It can prevent anxiety and fear that come with any form of calamity. Through disaster preparedness, individuals, families, and communities know what to do in case a disaster or emergency situation strikes. In addition, preventive measures can be carried out to minimize the impact of disaster.
Why the need to prepare?
- When disaster strikes, thousands of people are displaced. A disaster can bring about lasting effects too;
- While local responders and your community help, it pays to know what to do when disaster strikes;
- You should know how to act accordingly, whether it be a hurricane, flood, earthquake, or fire;
- As part of disaster preparedness, you should stock up on food, water, first aid, etc. good for at least three days.
There are some things you must do before, during, and after a disaster to keep yourself and your family safe. This is your responsibility.
- Be on the lookout for danger signs
- Get insurance
- Have a solid plan
- Prepare your disaster emergency and supply kit
- Execute plan
- Adhere to the advice of local officials in charge
- Fix any damage left by the disaster
- Execute precautionary steps to avoid future damage
Disaster Preparedness steps
- Start with the most basic steps such as living and community hazards and the community’s contingency plan should any of these hazards occur.
- A checklist of what you and your family should do when these hazards occur.
- Check your home’s floor plan and establish escape routes.
- Set up a meeting place in case of an emergency.
- Establish communication between family members in cases where an emergency occurs.
- If there is a member of your family with special needs or disability, additional disaster preparedness steps should be taken.
FAMILY DISASTER PLAN
Make a family disaster plan to outline the steps you need to do in case a disaster strikes. Talk about the possible disasters likely to occur in your community and how to respond to each specific emergency.
Where you will meet in an emergency, escape routes, communication plan, how to care for your pets – these are just some of the important points of the family disaster plan you need to draft.
As part of the disaster preparedness plan, an emergency supplies kit must be organized. The following should be in the kit:
- Battery-operated radio/television
- First aid kit
- Flashlights and batteries
- Signal flare
- Matches sealed in a waterproof container
- Emergency contact numbers
- Identification cards
- Extra set of car keys
- Other special needs basics like for babies or persons with disabilities