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Making an Emergency Preparedness Plan For Your Family

Letís face it. Sooner or later your family will encounter a natural disaster or similar emergency event that requires you to jump into action to stay safe and sound. Doing so will become much easier when you go in prepared and with a plan. Here are three basic questions that you should ask yourself to formulate an emergency preparedness plan for your family.

These are important questions and you donít want to make those decisions when you are in the middle of a disaster. Those are stressful times and it can be hard to make smart decisions quickly in those situations. A big part of your emergency preparedness plan should be to think through possible scenarios and then get the information you need ahead of time. For example, figure out what routes you can take to get out of the area, determine where you want to go if possible, and then get the contact information for a hotel or the people youíll be staying with.


Where Will You Go?
  The first question you need to ask yourself is where you will go when an emergency arises. Will you stay at home and shelter in place? Will you head out of town and evacuate? If you are heading out, where will you go and where will you stay?


How Will You Stay In Touch?
There is nothing scarier than not being able to get in touch with loved ones during a disaster or emergency event. Just as important is being able to get news and emergency alerts or announcements. Think about how you will accomplish this both while youíre on the road and when youíre staying in your home or emergency shelter.

Making sure everyone has a mobile phone is a great start. Donít forget that these devices need to be charged. Having chargers, including car chargers with you is a must. An additional battery, or a backup power supply will come in very handy as well.

Be conservative with your device usage to make the battery power last as long as possible. Itís important to talk to your kids about this ahead of a disaster and remind them regularly.

Donít rely on just your smart phone for news and communication. A backup plan will come in handy when you canít get a good connection or run out of power on your device. Designate a meeting point or a person that everyone contacts when you canít get a hold of each other. Have a backup solution for finding out whatís going on like a weather radio.


What Supplies Do You Need? 
The more prepared you are, the safer and more comfortable youíll be when the inevitable happens. Depending on what natural disaster you face, where you live, who is part of your family, and simple things like weather will determine the supplies you need.

Start with the basics you need for survival including food, water, shelter, and medication. Donít forget about your pets. From there, start thinking about creature comforts like light, entertainment, and the likes. Having a headlamp and a good book can make waiting out a power outage a lot more pleasant. Add a cup of hot chocolate made with a camping stove, hot water, and instant cocoa mix makes it even more pleasant. Be prepared and youíll greatly increase your chances of making it through the emergency or disaster just fine.

 


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