A Family Survival Plan
It is advisable for all families to have a plan in case of emergencies. If you are unprepared and suddenly a hurricane is about to hit your town then you may find that the stores are already empty – in fact there are a number of articles which have stated that the entire world is only 3 days away from starvation. This means in 3 days after a disaster there would be no more food in the stores. (This actually happened in the recent past as disasters struck New York, Japan and Indonesia).
Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do during an emergency situation. It is important to get the kids involved too with the plan in case of an emergency. There is an informative website called KidsGetAPlan.com which is a fun interactive website that presents basic weather safety and emergency preparedness concepts using age appropriate activities and stories. Kids can play games teaching about emergency supply kits and learn essential safety facts.
Other steps to take include the following:
- Buy a NOAA Weather Radio (it is a good idea to test this at least weekly.
- Identify a safe room in your home in case a disaster strikes – this could be a different room for different disasters.
- Plan escape routes form your home or school/work and meeting places.
- Have an out-of-state family contact if possible.
- Don’t forget your pets – have a plan for them too.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by your phone and make sure children know how and when to call 9-1-1.
- Check your insurance coverage- flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance and a separate policy may be necessary.
- Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a disaster supply kit.
It is a good idea to have the following in your disaster supply kit:
- A three-day supply of food and water.
- A change of clothing.
- Blanket or sleeping bag for each person.
- First aid kit (including medications)
- Emergency tools: Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries, work gloves and a fire extinguisher.
- Important family documents in a fire and waterproof container, an extra set of keys, credit card, and cash.
- Simple entertainment ideas for kids. -coloring books and crayons, cards, dominos etc.
Do you have a plan? We hope that this has given you some ideas of what is required. If we have missed anything, please let us know in the comments so that others can benefit too!