Let’s face it, as long as there is nature, there are going to be natural disasters. As much as we would like to escape its clutches, we can only go so far. As far as nature’s wrath is concerned, we can run but we can never hide. Regardless of the place we live in, it has become amply clear in recent times that potency of these disasters have increased manifold. Blame it on climate change, greenhouse effect or industrial revolution, nature is not going to give us a breathing space once she starts going. It is therefore crucial to be well prepared to face the fury while bracing yourself for the aftermath of the rage.
Disaster preparation need not be restricted to governments and authorities. Every individual should be astute enough to prime his or her family to not only live through the disaster but survive after it. Every home is unique in terms of its occupants and possessions. Here are a few very important pointers to prep your family to ensure and outlast any natural disaster
List out disasters and plan
Depending on the area you reside in, do a little research, contact respective authorities and list out the kind of natural disasters that your area and house may be prone to and draft a contingency plan accordingly. All state and federal websites will have state-wise or area-wise disaster lists and evacuation plans. Draw on those to guide you through yours. Plan separately for specific disasters, be it flooding, earthquakes, fires, hurricanes or intense snow.
Create a plan for your family to execute at times of emergencies. From common meeting places to quick routes and government shelters, make sure every member gets a list of these details.
With the level of connectivity today, it is possible to keep tabs on local weather reports and government announcements through TV, Radio or Social Media. Many government agencies offer sms/email alerts for such situations. Utilize those where available and keep personal tabs on the rest.
Record your possessions
Most of us have insurance to our house and its possessions, keeping a pristine record of all your possessions with exact dates and receipts of purchase with photographic or video evidences will help in insurance claims. Keep the records and list on multiple devices and places including safe deposit boxes.
From educational, house, insurance and other documents to professional credentials, keep all the vital papers in water or fire-proof containers and a copy of the same in safe deposit boxes elsewhere.
Pick an outside emergency contact
Pick any friend or family member from outside the state to be your emergency contact and make available his or her contact details to every member of your immediate family. From phone numbers to email addresses and social media addresses, make sure there are multiple ways to reach the person.
Stash food and other supplies
From long lasting food items, clothes, water, medicines, first aid kits and everyday use products like toilet paper, candles etc, to gadgets like flashlights, LED lamps and batteries, stash supplies and prepare a kit to live through emergencies.
Banks and money machines might not work at all times, so it is better to save up a bit by way of cash, silver, gold, or bartering supplies and store it away for use during emergencies. 90%+ silver coins are good to have on hand, but when a real disaster happens, other essentials are needed, like clean drinking water, alcohol for bartering or taking care of sanitizing or wound care, medicines, and other things like stored foods and even bullets can be life saving items.
“Prevention is better than cure” is an old adage. We might not exactly be able to prevent a natural disaster but we can certainly be well prepared for it.