The following is just a brief summary in the making of an emergency disaster preparedness plan.
In order of priority, make safety your first and top priority. If emergencies or disasters gave warning, then we would not have a need to be prepared in advance. When events happen, you may not have the time or the frame of mind to gather everything you may need. With that said, we have started an Emergency Disaster Preparedness list. We will modify the list with more emergency essentials as we progress. We acquire our recommendations from FEMA, the CDC, the American Red Cross and Emergency Disaster Preparedness groups.
- Make a plan for all in your group to have contact information with someone outside of your area.
- If an evacuation is required, have your family or group meet at a predetermined location.
- All members of your family or group should have the contact’s information. This way there will be at least one common contact in a disaster situation. We recommend that the contact’s information be in writing as stress may cause temporary forgetfulness. Include:
- Contact Name
- Contact Phone number(s)
- Contact Address
- Remember voice communication breaks down as the telephone lines get overloaded. Send text messages to your contact.
- Have food, water and emergency supplies ready to go.
- A minimum of three days’(per person) worth of:
- Put a written list of prescriptions in your pack
- Have extra fuel
- For warming food
- For your auto
- Bring at least one change of clothes per person
- Include a change of foot wear per person
- Include warm clothes – even in summer
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Have a shelter, such as a tent
- Tent stakes
- Multi-function knife
- Have protective gear like a poncho, raincoat
- Include a first aid kit
- Include waterproof matches
- Paper and writing utensils
- A wind up (Dynamo) radio
- Flashlight or equivalent (A Dynamo flashlight with radio)
- A deck of cards or similar activity that does not require electricity
- A bucket for various purposes – we recommend a 5 gallon bucket with a lid
- Trash bags – they can be used as an emergency poncho, waste disposal, and a variety of other uses.
If you have the time, remember that you can replace material things not people, do the following:
- Shut off the water to your home
- Shut off the gas
- Shut off circuit breakers
The reasoning behind this is that the above procedures can help to prevent further damage by water, fire and electrocution. It will also help to protect first responders in a rescue mission.
DO NOT PUT YOURSELF OR ANYONE ELSE IN DANGER. If you do not have the time, just grab your emergency disaster survival kit and leave.
This is only a preliminary list. We will continue to update and improve these lists in future blogs. We are here to help you prepare. If you have any questions, concerns as to how to proceed with your plan, or want more information on our products, please go to our website and send us an email. We will locate the appropriate answer and get back to you.