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How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster in 4 Actionable Steps

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Originally posted on https://www.nbc-2.com/story/40315369/how-to-prepare-for-a-natural-disaster-in-4-actionable-steps

 

A natural disaster can strike anywhere, regardless of your climate or region. When one hits, it can have devastating effects on your property, your business, and your family. Serious natural disasters occur every year all over the world and too many people aren’t prepared for the aftermath. Just last year, thousands of people tragically lost their lives due to natural disasters.

So if you’re wondering how to prepare for a natural disaster and minimize your chances of serious harm?

These 5 straight-forward tips can help you get ready should the unexpected happen.

Wondering How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster? Start With an Emergency Plan

In many emergency situations, you might be required to flee your home as quickly as you can. Should floods, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, or tsunamis be about to hit, an emergency plan can save your life and the lives of those you live with. An emergency plan is a step-by-step guide outlining what each person will do in case of a natural disaster.

An escape plan is especially important. Ask yourself questions such as, “What is the fastest escape route?” or, “How would we travel if we had no car, and where would we go?” If you live in a large city, keep in mind that you may be trying to escape the area along with millions of other people. Think these things through ahead of time.

It’s also very important to communicate these plans with your family regularly. You can’t always rely on your cell phone to work, so it’s crucial that you all know where you would meet up and what you would do should disaster strike.

1. Build a Well-Stocked Supply of Food and Secure a Back-Up Energy Source

Every household should have enough non-perishable food items and clean water on hand to survive as a group for at least 3 days. Items to include in your food storage might include: canned fruits or vegetables (and a can opener to open them with), canned meats, dry cereal or granola, peanut butter, protein bars, nuts, crackers, a formula for infants, etc.

Prepare for a power outage with the help of a portable diesel generator to provide a temporary home back up when other sources of energy are down. Find a portable diesel generator for sale at a price that fits your budget and needs as a household.

2. Be Prepared for Medical Emergencies

Make sure you have at least one easily accessible First Aid Kit in your home that you keep well stocked at all times.

It’s also a good idea to have a couple of emergency medical books on hand as well in case you can’t access the internet and someone gets injured. You might need to know how to stop severe bleeding or how to set a broken bone.

3. Make a “Go-Bag” for Each Person

Each member of your household should have their own “go-bag” prepared. This is a sturdy, maybe even waterproof, bag that can be grabbed at a moment’s notice which contains emergency essentials. These bags should contain:

-Emergency batteries

-A solar powered flashlight

-A water bottle with a filter for cleaning water from any source

-Non-perishable snacks

-A swiss army knife

-A whistle

-A poncho

-Any prescription medications or OTC medications that might be needed

-Personal hygiene items

-A small first aid kit

-A warm blanket

-A change of clothes

-Copies of important documents

4. Back Up Your Pictures and Documents

When considering how to prepare for a natural disaster, don’t forget to back up your cherished pictures and memories. And don’t wait until hurricane season to do it. Create a backup of your favorite pictures and videos and save them to a memory card or an external hard drive. You might want to keep the memory card or hard drive in a waterproof container inside of your “go bag” so you can be sure it will come with you when you leave your home quickly.

Also, make copies of important papers and seal up important documents such as social security cards and birth certificates and keep them in an indestructible security box. This way, even if a flood consumes your property of fire destroys much of what you own, you’ll still have the documents you need.

Stay Up to Date

Now that you know how to prepare for a natural disaster should one strike, stay up to date on weather conditions in the area and what you can do to stay safe. We’ll keep you informed on the latest storms and natural disasters in the area, so check back regularly to stay in the loop.

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