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How Do I Prepare for Hurricane Isaac, Earthquakes & More?

August 28th, 2012
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“Be Informed, Make A Plan, Build A Kit and Get Involved”  is the way to prepare for natural disasters according to the Ready.Gov website.  Great advice!

It is hard to predict what you will need in times when natural disasters strike, but we can learn from previous disasters and others who have gone through these things before us.  Here are some important lessons using these 4 general categories:

BE INFORMED:  Staying informed and up-to-date is very important, however, sometimes traditional sources of information like the internet, television, radio and telephones go out during a natural disaster.  Hand crank, emergency and solar powered radios come in very handy in emergencies.  Neighborhood watch groups and other community networking solutions are also important to have in place BEFORE an emergency arises. 

MAKE A PLAN:  Will you evacuate during an emergency or will you plan to stay where you are?  What are the risks involved with both of these choices?  Thinking about this ahead of time will prepare family members and help you make decisions based on well thought out options rather than emotions at the time of a disaster.  It will also help you know what supplies and how much you need to have on hand — will you be needing gas or water and food?  Having appropriate insurance in place based on the types of natural disasters that historically occur in your region of the country is also important.  Discussing the possibility of natural disasters, and knowing ahead of time what your plans would be in an emergency, helps reunite family members who might be away when a natural disaster strikes. It is reassuring to have thought things through ahead of when a natural disaster strikes. 

BUILD A KIT:  Having a food, water, and supplies kit on hand is very important.  You should have enough bottled water and non-perishable food on hand to last for 72 hours.   A supplies kit consisting of a sharp knife, duct tape, super glue (good for repairs and to seal wounds), batteries, flashlights, first aid kits, a wrench, pliers, scissors, whistles, cellphone chargers, cellphone car chargers, and anything else you think your family might need to survive on your own for 3 days will ensure you are prepared. 

GET INVOLVED:  Volunteer to be a part of your community’s emergency response team or take a CPR or first aid course so that you are ready to help in an emergency.  Contact your community and state emergency management agency and get involved.  Being a part of the solution is always better than being a part of the problem!

Our hopes and prayers are with the people in the path of Hurricane Isaac today!