A well-thought-out emergency plan can help your family face a crisis with confidence. Because a disaster can devastate most, if not all, aspects of a person’s life, it’s important to prepare for the worst (while hoping for the best, of course). Disasters can occur on a small scale, such as a house fire or downed power line, or on a regional scale as with a hurricane or an earthquake. Whatever the disaster may be, a thorough emergency plan will cover all your bases.
We can’t predict all disasters and they often strike without warning. Fortunately, if you’re prepared for one type of disaster, you’ll be prepared for almost anything. This is because human needs are the same in almost any situation—we need clean water, food, shelter, and protection for our families and valued possessions.
This includes things like:
- Storing food, water, and other needed supplies
- Storing extra copies of important legal documents, photos, digital data, and irreplaceable items in a safe place
- Making plans for evacuating your home
- Designating an out-of-state emergency contact to help your family communicate if you are separated during a disaster.
Gaining knowledge is the key to planning:
- Learn about emergency preparedness.
- Gain more knowledge about your family’s physical and emotional needs as they relate to potential emergencies.
- Learn about the potential disasters and hazards you face in your home, your town or city, your state, and your region.
The more you know, the more prepared you can be.
To learn more about emergency planning, check out the Insight Articles and other resources linked below:
- Evacuating from Home in an Emergency
- Communicating During and After a Disaster
- Emergency Checklists and Plans