26 May 2010 ~ 5 Comments

Emergency and Disaster Planning Steps

Emergencies can happen at any time or anywhere, especially during the summer season. With warm weather brings the threat of severe and disastrous weather. Tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes causes harm to the world throughout these months. When a disaster or emergency does strike, will you be prepared?

Many people tend to wait until the disaster happens or the last minute before seeking any kind of emergency kit to help with their survival. It is important that you understand what a disaster could mean for you and your family. The following steps will help you prepare your family and property for unexpected emergencies and forecasted disasters.

1. Learn About The Potential Disasters or Emergencies That Can Occur In Your Area

The first step is just looking around where you live. Is your region prone to tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes or winter storms? Are you in a flood-prone area? It’s important just to ask yourself what you have to look out for.

Also, it is essential to understand your community’s warning signals, whether it is an emergency or weather siren. Get familiar with your surroundings and look into any other community related disaster plans.

2. Create a Disaster Plan

It all starts with a discussion. Get together with family, friends, or neighbors and discuss what disasters or emergencies that could happen in the area. It is also a great idea to look into taking a first aid or CPR class so you will be prepared when the time comes.

When creating a disaster plan, make sure to not only include your family, but your pets. Many emergency shelters will not accept pets, so contact your local veterinarian or humane society to get advice on a disaster plan for your pets.

Once your disaster plan is in place, the next step is creating an emergency kit to help keep you safe.

3. Make an Emergency Kit

When a disaster strikes, you may not be able to go out and buy anything. If businesses are closed or the power is out for an extended period of time, you will need an emergency kit.

Here are a few basic items that you should include:

  • Bottled water
  • Canned goods or hydrated food (don’t forget the manual can opener)
  • An emergency radio such as the Etón Solarlink FR360
  • First aid kit
  • Extra clothes, blankets, or shoes
  • A week’s supply of medication and sanitary products

Also, make sure to have your kit somewhere that you can get quickly – in any emergency. The more prepared you are, the better off you will be.

4. Get Instructions from Emergency Officials

One of the most important parts of an emergency kit is a hand crank or battery powered radio. Finding out the latest weather conditions, orders to evacuate, or where to find assistance is crucial after any disaster.

Emergency officials have been trained on what to do during these kinds of situations so it is important to take their instructions seriously. Evacuate if instructed and keep an ear to your radio on what should be the next steps for the safety of yourself and your family.

5. Post-Disaster Plan

Once the immediate danger has passed, it could take days or weeks for your community to recover. If you evacuated your home, when you return, make sure to be extra careful. Structural damage and mold from disasters like a flood can cause health problems.

Make sure to contact your insurance company if your home has been damaged in anyway. Also, if your community has been declared a “federal disaster area”, you may be eligible to receive temporary housing or additional funds.

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Weather disasters happen every day, so it doesn’t hurt to get an emergency preparedness plan intact as soon as possible. Such organizations as the Red Cross do a great job assisting in emergencies and disasters, so make sure to donate blood and volunteer if your community needs help.

We here at Etón are here to help you get through any emergency with our line of Red Cross emergency radios. Do more than just cross your fingers this weather season and get your family prepared today.

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