Emergency preparedness will guide survival efforts in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Survival depends on your plan and how you discuss, practice and execute your family or community plan. No one wants to think about an emergency occurring, but if you plan for the worst, the best outcome can be made possible in a terrible situation. Family discussion, cooperation, and plan reviewing and updating could possibly be the difference between life and death. It is important to list, and review important parts of the plan on a regular basis, making sure that each member of the family are involved.
Guide Survival basics that can be used with emergency preparedness plans are:
Emergency Plans – Buy supplies, indicate where supplies are to be, designate a meeting place in case all family members are not at home during the emergency, and know contact numbers of family and emergency agencies. Make your plans similar, but unique for each type of emergency that could occur. Do not forget to plan for your pets as well.
Emergency Kits – Purchased or self-assembled first aid kits, individual 72 hour evacuation survival kits, automobile accident kits, and home survival kits should be organized and placed in readily available places, where any family member can get to them. Remember that you should have enough supplies for three days for each family member, and also your pets.
Emergency Lighting – Because power is likely to be out during a natural disaster, it is important to have flashlights and many extra batteries. Light sticks or flares are also good to have, because they can be used to signal for help if you are alone. Emergency candles can also be used for heating, or disinfecting purposes, and last quite a while, but care must be taken with any open flame, especially with broken gas lines possible.
Evacuation Plans – Plan where you will stay in case of an evacuation from your home, or the area. Each family member should know the address and phone of your chosen place to stay, whether you will be staying with other family members or in an emergency shelter, in case the family is separated when the emergency occurs.
Alternate plans should be discussed also, in case the first plan does not work out for some reason. Your guide survival basics should already be in your emergency preparedness list, but it never hurts to go over the list with the family, in case you forgot something. Emergencies happen so suddenly, that we tend to forget what to do, so if you review periodically, you will not have to think about your plan if an emergency arises, and you can pay more attention to those who might be injured, or need help. Your family preparation for survival should be positive instead of frightening. You are planning ahead to survive the worst situations, and that is a very positive thing to do. It is necessary to determine what emergency or disaster we might have to survive, plan for the worst, and survive because we have planned. It will make the unknown of emergencies or natural disasters less traumatic, and survive, is something that you will do as a family.