Although it’s something most of us don’t really want to think about, it’s an absolute necessity. When disaster strikes your mind and body go into survival mode (also known as a Fight or Flight reaction) and that’s no time to wish you had been better prepared. Take the time now, to gather items you might need if an emergency occurs and discuss your emergency plan with your family and friends.
You may have to survive on your own for some time until emergency workers can reach you. This means you must have water, food, medical supplies, and other necessities to last you, and everyone in your household, for at least three days. Remember: Basic services such as gas, electricity, water, sewage treatment, and telephone lines may be cut off for some time. The bottom line is that planning ahead increases your chances to survive. If you have others who depend on you, model appropriate planning skills and allow everyone to get involved so it becomes a fun learning experience. Make it a point to prepare your Emergency Supply Kit immediately and review your Family Emergency Plan on a monthly basis. It’s not a matter of if it will happen; it’s just a matter of when and to whom!
Start your preparation by using the resources below.
Disaster Checklist – from U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Take some simple steps to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies, including natural disasters.
Family Emergency Plan – from Federal Emergency Management Administration
Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency.