While no one ever wants to think about disaster striking, the simple truth of the matter is that we are all vulnerable to becoming victims of some type of natural disaster or emergency situation. If that should happen, it is crucial that we be prepared. According to reports from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), thousands of people are affected by disasters each and every year. The results of such disaster and emergency situations can be far ranging. When such an emergency arises, it is essential that you and your family are prepared.
One of the best ways you can be assured of such emergency preparedness is to make sure you have an emergency plan in place. Having such an emergency plan can go a long way toward reducing the fear that can arise from the unknown. An emergency plan can also help to mitigate personal losses that might be incurred. A great first step toward being prepared for an emergency is to make sure you are aware of all available community resources. For instance, if there is severe weather, do you know where you can take shelter? If you should need to leave your home, do you know the location of emergency shelter sites?
Your emergency preparedness planning should also include knowing the proper way to respond to specific types of emergency situations might naturally occur in your regional geographic location. The best way to prepare for potential dangers is to recognize the potential that may exist. For instance, if you live in an area that is prone to flooding, it is important to take the necessary steps to protect your home from flooding to help alleviate potential losses.
A survival kit is also important to emergency preparedness. An emergency kit is meant to ensure you and your family members will have all of the necessary items for basic survival. Such items should include a three-day water and food supply for each person, blankets, radio, hygiene items, prescription medication and a flashlight and batteries. To ensure you are always prepared for an emergency, it is also crucial to check on your emergency kit approximately every six months to ensure medications are not outdated and food items are not expired. An emergency kit will benefit you little if you are not able to use the items stored away.
While it is impossible to prevent a disaster or an emergency from taking place, you can take steps to ensure you are as prepared as possible to cope with them when they do occur.