Tuesday, September 16, 2014

5 Easy Ways To Prepare for a Disaster

 1.               Get Informed
·        Contact the local Red Cross or Emergency Management Center to gather information. Ask about specific area hazards, learn about community response plans and locate disaster shelters.

  2.               Make a Plan
·        Meet with your family and caregivers. Decide where to meet and have a plan “B”. Complete a family communication plan. Everyone should carry a copy, Know escape routes from the rooms in your home but also from your home to alternate safe locations.

  3.                Have an Action Plan
·        Know how to turn on and off water, gas, electricity and teach your  family how to do it
·        Know First Aid and CPR
·        Inventory home possessions: take digital photos, have items appraised and store this information offsite
·    Know where your fire extinguisher is and how to use it
·    Store vital records for family offsite
·    Reduce home hazards that could be major problem in disaster scenario

4.                       Prepare your Disaster Supply Kit
·        3-Day Supply of Food
·        Battery radio or crank radio, batteries
·        First aid kit, manual
·        Matches in waterproof container
·        Extra clothing and blankets
·        Photocopies of id and credit cards
·        Special needs: medication, glasses, infant care etc.
·        Tools
·    3-Day supply of water (1 gal/person/day)
·    Flashlights, batteries
·    Map of area
·    Whistle
·    Kitchen accessories & cooking utensils
·    Cash and coins
·    Sanitation items (hand sanitizer, toilet paper, etc.)
·    Climate specific items: warmer clothes, gloves, hats vs. sun block, sunglasses, etc.

5.                       Maintain the Plan
·        Quiz your family: Ensure everyone know what to do no matter what the scenario
·        Practice, practice, practice – having the plan is not enough; everyone must be familiar with how to behave in any given scenario.
·        Restock: check your supplies at least once a year to keep them fresh. Also, consider updating supplies if family circumstances change. 
·       Test safety items to make sure they are in good working order

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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