Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.
With the recent news of major hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires happening, we couldn’t help but question: “Are we prepared?”. It’s not something we all enjoy thinking about, but having a plan in case the inevitable occurs will ensure that you know what to do in case of an emergency. Many of our customers are on the road frequently, so it’s important to think about a meetup place or options to provide others based on your location so that everyone is accounted for and safe.
September is National Preparedness Month
The Department of Homeland Security website (www.ready.gov) provides a great toolkit of how to get started on your emergency preparedness and planning. This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”. A reminder that we should all take action to prepare. The goal of National Preparedness Month (NPM) is to increase the overall number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school and place of worship.
It’s important to know how to make a plan for yourself, that also includes your family and your friends. You should think about how you would respond to an emergency depending on your locations when disaster strikes.
How to Make a Plan
Here’s a quick look at the steps to put together a plan. You can visit the webpage for more details and free downloads. (www.ready.gov/make-a-plan)
STEP 1: Discuss 4 main questions with your family, friends or household
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
STEP 2: Determine your household’s specific needs
- Dietary needs
- Pets or service animals
- Children in school
- Responsibilities for assisting others
- Cultural or religious considerations
- Languages spoken
- Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
STEP 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan
Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.
STEP 4: Practice your plan with your family/household
Take time to go through the steps with everyone in the same room. Communicate with each other on different scenarios and role playing. This will help everyone be on the same page. It also spurs questions which can help you identify if anything is missing from the plan.
Keep in mind that these steps can be repurposed in a work environment as well. Share this this your coworkers as a way to think ahead on emergencies in case you are located in an office or work environment when a disaster occurs.
We hope you find this information helpful and a way to get the conversation started with your family on emergency planning. If you already have a plan in place, that’s awesome! It doesn’t hurt to hold a ‘drill’ frequently to run through the motions of what to do as a refresher.
Please visit the www.ready.gov website for more great resources, checklists and tools. We recommend first downloading the @fema app with weather alerts for up to 5 locations at www.fema.gov/mobile-app
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