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Preparing For An Emergency Or Disaster

By Guest Author On June 22, 2011 Under Success Secrets

To coordinate our day-to-day living, we all make plans.  These plans might be simple plans that are made for visiting the grocery store, taking our children to school or be more complicated like planning a vacation or moving home.  However, nearly all of us do not plan for emergencies that might include winter storms or disasters.

Research has discovered that less than fifteen % of the population in the United States have some sort of emergency plan. Most people often only look at emergency preparedness just before or after a crisis – just look at television news images of people buying up items such as food, water, torches, batteries, petrol generators and indoor kerosene heaters after a hurricane warning has been broadcasted.

Planning for an emergency situation that may never occur can be complex but what if that event happens?  Purchasing equipment and food in advance is usually cheaper and easier and will allow you ample to create a kit for future use. September is the National Preparedness Month, which is intended to encourage people to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities.

To prepare for any unexpected occurrence here are some essential issues to think about:

  • Find out what types of emergencies and/or disasters that may affect the area in which you live.  If you decide to travel to other states, again, find out what you should do there if the need arises.
  • Create a Family Emergency Plan containing a list of essential telephones including those of relatives, places of work and those of the emergency services and areas where to meet etc.
  • Always involve children and elderly family in discussions surrounding any emergency planning, including the particulars of the Family Emergency Plan, and fully explain to them what do in the event of different types of emergency circumstances.
  • Think carefully about going on a beginners first aid training course or at the very minimum, read about this particular subject. To help prevent damage to your house and personal belongings caused by disasters, learn how to properly protect your possessions.
  • Discover how your emergency support systems such as electric and heat generation equipment function before any emergency and familiarize yourself with maintaining those tools, for example, replacing wicks on kerosene heaters.
  • Buy and/or put together Disaster Supplies Kits for your home, car and even your place of work.  Try not to leave out the requirements of your pets or other animals in contemplated scenarios.
  • Talk with your employer to find out what emergency plans they have in place.  Do this again for your childrens school and your older family member’s accommodation such as a nursing home or respite care centre etc., if necessary.
  • Locate community emergency shelters that are nearest to your home and place of work and record them in your Family Emergency Plan.
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