No one can exactly tell how the disaster would be and the effects thereof. In fact, if a disaster was something that was preventable, man would do anything to keep it off but unfortunately, this has not been possible. However, readiness is what is important in this case, follow through and learn a few tips on preparing for disaster.
Get to understand the impending disaster
Ignorance does not pay and if it does, the pay is bitter and comes with regrets. Therefore, you must find out which disasters might strike your area and the possible response behavior for each occurrence. For instance, if you live in California, you may need to prepare for an earthquake and therefore you must get ready for severe weather or pandemic flu. Here, organizations like the Red Cross would give you sufficient data that would help you to identify whatever disaster prevalent in your area.
Learn the shelter locations and evacuation routes in your area
It serves well to know the details of a hurricane long before it bears down on your home or even before a Tsunami warning has been issued. Get the details ahead of time, and the escape routes from your own home like that spacious kitchen window. For the sake of children and others in the house, you could draw a map, escape routes, and where need be, make it known to the family members where to regroup in case a disaster strikes and you must evacuate the house. Pick an evacuation location inside the compound and another in the neighborhood when the circumstances worsen. You also must decide where to go after evacuation; is it in a Red Cross shelter or a relative’s house? This will help you pre-plan and avoid frustrations that come with such emergencies.
How do you reconnect with people who matter?
When the networks aren’t working, you need to know how to connect with close family members and other people who matter. How will others know your condition, figuring this in advance makes it easier to maneuver even in hard circumstances? You need an out-of-area emergency contact to have family members check in with. Everyone should have a list of emergency contacts that they can call in the event a disaster strikes; this makes it easier for the rescue team to help you before you suffer the damage.
Sign up for emergency alerts
Your mobile phone is used for many purposes and could be, it’s your closest valuable. You need to sign up for the emergency alerts, which are usually sent in form of messages. Through them, you become aware of any impending disaster- its timing and magnitude. This puts you in a better position so that you’re not caught unawares. Keep tuned to the weather updates through the radio and the television. Social media is another very resourceful platform where you could get information from friends and experts on disasters that might strike and how to prepare for them.
Learn emergency skills
When an emergency strikes, even the little tricks matter a lot. Even knowing how to cock that fire extinguisher could save the whole family from a fire. Getting CPR training could save a life even when you least expect it. Learning how to shut off utilities in your house like the gas cylinder and power lines could save you a lot including lives.
Do not just be caught unawares, the above tips and many others will help you prepare for a disaster. The earlier the better and therefore, whatever needs to be done or learned should be done even without a warning.