September is National Preparedness Month. Use it to create a plan for how your family will respond to a disaster: floods, power outage, fire, active shooter, earthquakes, severe weather, or worst case scenario – the zombie apocalypse.
Okay, we’re kidding about that last one. Sort of…
News of a snow storm sends droves of concerned citizens to the stores for bread and milk – and good luck to you if you’re late to the party, because the shelves are empty. During any major disaster, there are always countless stories that begin with “We didn’t even see it coming” and “we didn’t know what to do.”
Your odds of surviving a disaster more than quadruple if you are prepared.
Disaster can strike from out of nowhere, at any time. Your family members may not all be in the same place when it happens, so it’s important to create a plan to establish how you’ll reconnect if separated, and what to do next.
Step 1: Begin creating your plan by asking these four questions…
- How will we receive our emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is our shelter plan?
- What is our evacuation route?
- What is our household communication plan?
Step 2: Consider specific needs of household members
A plan for a single male will be very different from an elderly couple or a family of four who have a child with a disability. Each plan is different, so you will need to take stock of any special needs. Here are some factors to keep in mind when developing your plan:
- Ages and physical abilities of all family members
- Dietary needs and restrictions
- Special medical equipment
- Pets or service animals
Step 3: Create your Emergency Plan
Family Disaster Plan
Download and fill out this FREE emergency plan or use it as a guide to create your own.
Step 4: Practice your Emergency Plan
Having a plan is great, but it isn’t worth much if it gets lost in the bottom of your junk drawer. You have to practice putting your plan into action.