10 Steps To Plan For The Unexpected
Tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes . . . no matter where you live in the U.S. , natural disasters can strike at any moment, jeopardizing your safety & causing severe destruction. This year, be prepared for the unexpected.
Creating a disaster plan for you and your family can be the difference between meeting in a secure location, or being lost and separated from one another. Our Natural Disaster Planning Guide summarizes the basics of disaster preparedness and safety practices in the event of a violent phenomena.
Step 1: Get Educated
You need to first educate yourself and your family members about the risks of natural disasters in your area. Knowledge will help you to take the appropriate actions to prepare.
Step 2: Make a planned and practiced escape route
If you need to leave the house quickly, make sure everyone in your home knows the fattest way to get out of the house and where to meet up as a family, too.
Step 3: Check Insurance Coverage
Make sure your home insurance has coverage for loss or damage caused by natural disasters in your area.
Step 4: Make a Disaster Kit
This kit should include clothes, food, water, basic first-aid supplies, and any necessary medications.
A Backpacker's Pantry Emergency Kit is an excellent addition to your disaster kit. Our freeze-dried meals are shelf-stable, convenient, and nutritious. Each Emergency Meal Kit entails a 3-day, 2-person supply of food to easily keep in your pantry or car.
Step 5: Save & Prioritize Water
If a natural disaster calls for you to shelter in place, it's important to save water for drinking and toilets. You can also store gallon bags of water in the freezer to (a) keep perishables cool in a blackout and (b) use for extra drinking water.
It's also important to have a water filtration device in your disaster kit. In evacuation circumstances, drinking water becomes a scarcity quickly. Make sure you have safe drinking water no matter what by keeping water filtration devices, such as LifeStraws, in your disaster kit.
Step 6: Top Off Your Gas Tank
During an emergency, fuel can become scarce and you may not have time to fill up. Keeping your gas tank topped off, will ensure you have fuel when you need it most.
Step 7: Get Charged Up
Make sure phones are charged and have portable phone chargers ready to go. This will help you stay in communication with your family and receive important weather updates.
Step 8: Pack Hand Sanitizer, Wipes & Masks
Whether you need to evacuate or stay put, it's important to have some sanitizing products on hand. Bacteria still thrives in a disaster. Masks are also a good idea if you need to evacuate somewhere (like a school gymnasium) with lots of evacuees.
Step 9: Keep Documents Safe
Documents like birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, Social Security cards etc., should be kept safe in a waterproof, fireproof document box. Keep this box in a location that you will have easy access to if you need to grab them quickly before leaving the house.
Step 10: Don't forget your pets
Your pets will need to evacuate with you, so don't forget to make a disaster plan for them, as well. For instance, it's a good idea to keep freeze-dried pet food and a collapsible water bowl in your car.