Preparedness Tips for a Disaster
Disasters can strike without warning, but you can give your family the tools it needs to adapt to changing situations and stay safe. Although you probably cannot cover every contingency, having a plan in place when an emergency situation occurs will help your family know what to do and where to go. Your plan should include an evacuation shelter, communication directions, and a supply kit.
An Evacuation and Shelter Location
Your family should know how to exit the house in case of a fire or other disaster. Each person will need to know alternate routes out of any room. Once outside and safe, you should also have a place to meet, such as a neighbor’s house or corner store so you don’t waste time looking for everyone. You may also want to have a person responsible for each pet.
If you have to leave the area, you should also be familiar with alternate driving routes, in case roads are closed or congested. Should a member of the family not be able to get to the safe shelter location, they need to know other places within the community that will be able to offer them safety until the crisis is over.
Having one point of contact during an emergency will also save time. Family members should know who to call if they are separated during a disaster. If the entire community is affected, the network could be disrupted, making local phone calls difficult. In that case, having an out-of-town contact will be beneficial in coordinating everyone’s safety. Memorizing one or two key phone numbers will keep everyone in touch even if they do not have access to a cell phone. In the case of a community disaster, the American Red Cross has a registry to help families reconnect.
Prolonged and community-wide disasters often affect utilities and businesses. Keeping basic supplies readily available will help you and your family cope with an already stressful situation. Your list may include water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit, radio, batteries, and blankets. Thinking about this ahead of time will help you have peace of mind when the unthinkable happens.
By taking a few minutes twice a year to prepare your family for emergencies, you give them the tools to stay safe during a crisis. When they know what to do and where to go, they are less likely to panic.
Once your family is safe and the crisis has passed, make sure to call the disaster recovery experts in Orlando. We can help you recover from water damage, fire damage, or storm damage and will work with your insurance company to provide quality restoration.