While natural disasters and emergencies might not be at the forefront of your mind, these fast-happening occurrences strike at random.
An actual plan on paper concerning what to do and how to react could be the difference between a stressful time and a life-altering occasion. That’s why some of the country’s biggest organizations publish materials and information to help you make an emergency preparedness plan: Red Cross, Ready.Gov, and the CDC.
To make sure you’re ready for anything, ask these seven questions:
What Emergency Are You Planning For?
Perhaps the first question to be asked when making an Emergency Preparedness Plan is what emergency you are planning for. While some information, like contact info and designated meeting spots, can be universally used for all emergencies, not all disasters strike the same. Ready.gov, a National Public Service advertising campaign, has a lengthy list of different emergencies you can cater your plan toward, including regional disasters, international pandemics, and nuclear bombs. Once you narrow down the threats that might affect you most, you can start to pave a clearer path on how you can appropriately respond.
What Parts of Your Home Can Aid in an Emergency Situation?
In a natural or man-made disaster, your home could either be your haven from danger or the catalyst that inhibits it. If it is an earthquake, tornado, or something that requires you to take shelter, do you and your family know where the safest parts of your home are located? If you need to quickly evacuate the premises due to a fire or other inner-destructive force, is everyone aware of multiple escape routes from each room, including any residents above the first floor of the domicile?
Where Are Your Meeting Spots at Home and Afar?
It’s not only important to have a place in mind to meet after or during an emergency, but it’s critical to have multiple places known by everyone in the family to meet if something unexpected happens. You can start with the home and go from there. Where will you meet in the neighborhood? Where can you meet in the city closest to your neighborhood? Where can you meet outside of city limits? How about outside of the state? While it may seem improbable to have to travel so far, disasters don’t pick a convenient time to strike, and you could already be far separated from your loved ones before it happens, making multiple meeting spots a key to emergency preparedness.