Be Prepared for a Disaster Situation

  • Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Posted by Krisanne Butler in Homeowner tips

It’s not something we like to think about, but a Disaster Situation can happen at any time and knowing what to do in the event of a disaster can save lives and can also help take some stress out of the situation if everyone knows what they need to do in the event of an emergency!

How Do I Make an Emergency Plan?

The first step to creating a plan is having a family meeting. Its important that everyone in the family is part of the meeting so they know their specific roles and responsibilities in the plan. It can also help elevate some stress and fear in younger family members if they help to create the plan and feel comfortable knowing what it is.

During your family meeting it’s important to discuss why your creating the plan and when it should be used. It’s a good idea to have ONE plan in place that can be applied to any emergency from a house fire to a hurricane to a major disaster.

Here is a great infograph that can help you create your personal plan:

 

photo courtesy of phd.org

Here are some Tips to think about including in and discussing about your families plan:

  1. Pick a Meeting Spot near your home a safe distance away from the home. This should be a safe but central location near your home (maybe a neighbors mailbox or driveway). This is the spot where everyone in the house goes as soon as they leave the home. Its a great way to make sure everyone is out of the house safely and gives you all a chance to re-group.
  2. Pick your escape route: Make sure you discuss all possible ways to get out of the house in the event of a fire or the need to leave your home in a moments notice!
  3. Pick ONE family member that does NOT live in your home as your Emergency Contact. This person should be the one every member of your immediate family contacts to let them know they are OK and where they are. This will be most important in the event that you are all in separate places when the disaster occurs.
  4. Know or print out important phone numbers! Today with so many of us relying on cell phones to hold our contact lists we can all too easily rely on them to keep track of important numbers. However, during an emergency cell phones may not be working and/or it may not be safe to use them. Make sure you have a non-electronic way to get all of your important phone numbers when you need them.

Once your Emergency Plan is created its a good idea to have a trial run to make sure everyone understands the plan and can follow it. This doesn’t have to be scary or stressful, you can make it almost like a game (especially if you have young children). Much like the “fire drills” done in school, walking through the escape route (if its safe to do so) and physically going to your designated meeting place can help take some of the stress out of the situation if one were to ever arise.

For more information and resources on creating your families Disaster Plan follow the links below.

http://www.pphd.org/Site/Documents/preparedness/FamilyEmegencyPlanEnglish.pdf
http://www.pphd.org/Site/Documents/preparedness/FamilyEmegencyPlanSpanish.pdf
http://www.pphd.org/Site/Documents/preparedness/FamilySupplyListEnglish.pdf
http://www.pphd.org/Site/Documents/preparedness/FamilySupplyListSpanish.pdf
http://www.pphd.org/Site/Documents/preparedness/CommunicationPlan.pdf

 

 

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