Disasters Can Happen In the West, Too
By Tom Herrin
Probably everyone in the country has heard about some of the recent disastrous events that have happened. Several islands not far from the U. S. coast have been devastated to the point that some of them are empty. Others are in ruins. It is difficult to conceive the amount of damage they have suffered. Not only has property suffered but lives have been lost. Many people have gone to great lengths to help. One of the best ways to help at home is to create a disaster plan that would keep first responders from having to put their lives on the line. Location alone does not exempt anyone from possible disasters.
Get The Entire Family Involved
In order to make a successful plan, it is best to get everyone in the family together for input. If each individual will make some kind of a contribution, they will take more ownership for the plan. They will also have a greater understanding of each part. A good plan does not have to be a totally new creation. There are many models available that can help in development. The best plan will be one that uses this and seeks to personalize it with the things that pertain to a particular location and circumstance.
Have Essentials Ready
Whether people are able to stay in their homes or must evacuate, they still need to have the most important supplies available. Bottled water should be at the top of the list. People cannot survive without it. Food that does not require cooking should also be there. It may very well be that there is no way to cook and little water to use for it. First aid supplies are critical, and everyone needs to know how to use them. The last thing should be copies of important papers such as birth certificates and insurance papers. Having these in some kind of container that can be easily picked up and carried out quickly can help in an evacuation.
Communication Can Be Difficult
When disasters happen, public services are often lost. This can include power for charging devices and towers to relay signals. Everyone should know what resources are likely available and have contact information for them, as well a family members. They should also know that it is highly important to follow instructions that these agencies provide. No matter where you live, disaster can happen. Make a plan, and be prepared.
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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