What You Can Do to Prepare for a Disaster
With hurricane season upon us, it’s important to double-check that you’re prepared for a disaster.
Have a plan and supplies in place to stay inside your home for an extended period of time, but also to leave your home in case an evacuation is necessary. Check your local municipality and state websites to find information about planned evacuation routes.
Have an emergency kit ready that includes supplies you’ll need during a disaster. Food and water are obviously important, but also be sure to add items like flashlights and even things like books to pass the time. Don’t forget about pet items either, pack extra food and bowls for your furry friends. These supplies should be contained in a fixed location and in something portable that you can pack quickly, in case your plan to stay changes.
Additionally, ensure that you have proper medical equipment on hand to treat emergencies, as first response services may not be available during a disaster.
With your plan in place, brief your family on where they should head during a disaster and what they should do. By discussing this information ahead of time, you’ll limit the confusion and increase the confidence of your family.