It Is Never Too Early to Plan for Disasters
By Tom Herrin
People put a lot of things off. Too many times, they have good intentions but cannot really get themselves motivated enough to make plans for what could be disasters. This may just be because they don’t feel like there is any urgency or that they think they are safe from the things that affect so many other people. The fact is that disasters can happen anywhere and often when they are least expected. Whether it is a hurricane, tornado, wildfire, earthquake, or whatever, they can affect just about anyone at any time. Making a disaster plan is something that everyone needs to do -- and the sooner, the better.
Surprises Can Happen
Even though people may think differently, disasters may happen in the form of secondary events. The recent hurricane on the Texas coast caused much more damage from rain and the inability to handle runoff than the storm surge or the high winds. As water had to be let out of lakes upstream to prevent flooding there, those communities downstream took a beating. I recently worked to help tear out sheetrock in houses in Port Arthur. They did not feel too much direct effect from the storm but experienced serious flooding as water was let out to move downstream toward them.
Critical Supplies Need To Be Stored
People never know when there will be a shortage of supplies or loss of public services. Bottled water should be stored in enough quantity to last at least a few days. Food that does not require cooking or water should be stored, as well, in easy open containers. First aid supplies need to be stored and every family member should know how to use them. The last thing to put on the list is copies of important documents such as birth certificates and insurance papers.
Communication Is A Necessity
When disasters happen, many services are often lost. Cell towers can go down and power can be lost so that chargers won’t work. Everyone should have a list of phone numbers, email addresses, and reliable resources that may be available. Most of the agencies that operate shelters also keep lists of those who stay in them. Family should know where to seek shelter if they become separated. Make a family disaster plan now and avoid the chance of bad decisions made at the last minute.
Also important is being in good health to withstand the turmoil your life will be in. Don't take your health for granted, either. It may save your life.
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