When it comes to a disaster, no one knows what the results will be. For that reason, we’ve found that it’s a smart idea to develop a plan and pack supplies for any type of emergency. Keep reading to discover how to prepare for a disaster in 3 basic steps. You’ll never be caught unprepared!
How to Prepare for a Disaster
The best way to begin preparing for an emergency is to know what kind of disasters can affect the areas you live in or frequent. Take some time to look up risk areas near you. Whether it is a drought, earthquake, fire, flood, hurricane, power outage, tornado, or wildfire, it’s a good idea to prepare for the disaster that is most likely to affect where you live. Also, you’ll need to research the supplies that you’ll need during and after the disasters.
2. Pack Supplies
Once you have evaluated and taken notes about the disasters that could possibly occur near you, the next step is to pack emergency supplies. This includes non-perishable foods, first aid kits, tools, and more. If you have children or pets, it is a good idea to also pack simple activities that will keep them busy. You may also want to consider putting similar kits in your vehicles to be extra prepared.
Example list of supplies to pack for an emergency or disaster:
- First aid kit
- Non-perishable foods and food for pets
- Food accessories: utensils, can opener, stoves, folding pots and pans, and BioFuel Reusable Burner Cans
- Emergency blankets
- Weather radio
- Personal hygiene items (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes)
- Clorox wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Candles and matches
- Tools: adjustable wrench, pliers, pocket knife, Swiss army knife, crowbar, fireman’s ax, shovel
- Pocket change or cash
- Emergency contacts list (family, hospitals, insurance)
- On-the-go activities (kids, pets)
After purchasing and packing supplies, the last step is to prepare by creating a plan. For families, the responsibilities should be split up. Each person should be assigned a role. Meetings and practice drills also help prepare for disasters. During an emergency preparedness meeting with your family, remind them where the disaster kits and supplies are. In addition, practice drills such as fire drills, tornado drills, and more are always a great idea.
No matter how much research you do, it’s not possible to know the exact end results of a disaster. For that reason, the best way to plan is to prepare for any reasonable possibility.