Being prepared before a storm turns into a natural disaster is the best way to give your family a better chance of staying safe in an emergency. There are two things you should absolutely prepare ahead of time: an emergency kit and a family communication plan. Don't forget - both are for your ENTIRE family, including all people and pets.
Emergency Supply Kit
Create an emergency supply kit that would provide your family anything they would need in case of a natural disaster. Think of what items you would want if you were trapped in your home for 72 hours. Plan ahead in case the power is cut off during that time, so you could be without heat, running water, or electricity.
Suggestions to Have in Your Kit
- First Aid Kit
- Flashlight and batteries
- Radio with batteries or NOAA Weather Radio
Sites to Help You Build Your Own Kit
Family Communication Plan
Creating a family communication plan is a great way to ensure that all members of your family are safe even if separated. Your plan should include how you would contact each other, as well as where to go or what to do if communication isn't possible. Don't forget to include trusted friends or neighbors that can be contacted!
It's also a good idea to think about safe locations related to places you visit often, such as work, school, or a friend's home.
If phone calls aren't effective, try texting! Text messages can sometimes get through network disturbances when regular phone calls cannot.
Sites to Help You Build a Family Communication Plan
Don't forget to include your pets when preparing for an emergency situation! Where will your animals be safe when a storm strikes? What would your pet need if you were stuck at home seventy two hours? If you're not at home, who can you contact to make sure your pet is safe?
Basic Items to Include
- Leashes, harnesses, or carriers
- Some comfort item (toy, bed)
Sites to Help You Prepare Emergency Kits and Plans for Your Pets
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