While most people can agree it is the unpredictable aspects of life that make it worth living, not all surprises are pleasant and harmless. And when a disaster or emergency strikes, people usually wish they were more prepared. Because even though a natural disaster can’t be stopped, you can try to safely navigate through it.
In this article, some of the best emergency planning suggestions will be discussed. And if you implement them, an emergency or disaster situation won’t catch you off-guard.
1. Get Everyone Up To Date
The first step towards effective emergency planning is to get everyone who lives in the house together. And when everyone has gathered, it’s time to discuss strategies.
For example, what are you going to do in case of a flood? Get suggestions, set up a basic plan, and make sure everyone knows exactly what they need to do.
2. Keep The Plan Simple
Staying calm during a disaster is easier said than done. And the last thing anyone of your family members should be thinking about is a complex exit strategy. Instead, the initial plan should be basic and straight to the point.
At the same time, you will need to have a plan B just in case plan A fails. Keep in mind, you are dealing with an unpredictable disaster. The more exit plans you have the better. But you can only use them all if they remain basic and very easy to remember.
3. Assign A Central Location For Communication
Basically, you want to establish where everyone has to go in case the house becomes unsafe. Ideally, you should have a designated meeting spot inside your neighborhood, as well as outside the neighborhood, just in case you need to evacuate.
Additionally, if you have a family member that lives out of town, ask them to become the main communication line – in a manner of speaking. Given that local communication can be disrupted thanks to the disaster or the emergency, there’s a good chance that long-distance communication might still be working. So, if everyone can call that one family member, it will really make things easier in terms of staying in contact.
4. Research Exit Routes
Not every emergency or disaster is going to require you to leave the city limits, but when it does, you want to be ready. This is why you should map out every exit route you can find. Because just like anything else that could go wrong during a disaster, exit routes can get blocked. But always having a backup route will help you to stay calm and focused.
5. Pack For Emergencies
Always keep an emergency bag packed and ready to load in the car. Inside this bag should be all the necessities for surviving in a wilderness situation. From food and warm blankets to first aid kits and torches, be prepared for anything with this bag.
In fact, have every member of the family pack an emergency bag that they can easily grab out of the closet and run with.
6. Take A Few Classes
In this day and age, you can learn about anything by sitting at home and simply watching your computer screen. And while you are at it, watch a few videos on survival tactics and emergency planning. Chances are you will learn quite a few tips and tricks that can come in handy when the situation calls for it. Additionally, going through a first-aid course is definitely recommended.
7. Do A Run-Through
After all the emergency planning has been done, it needs to be practiced. That means taking at least one day every two months or so and going through the plans. Make sure all the contact details are up to date and everyone is still aware of what they need to do.
Plus, the more you and your family practice emergency planning, the more cool-headed you’ll be able to react when a disaster does strike.
A Final Thought
Naturally, you are going to be scared and will be thinking about a million things at once, but being prepared makes a dramatic difference. Because instead of needing to figure out a plan in the middle of a disaster, you will already know what to do, saving you valuable time and probably your life.