Dodging A Bullet Once Is No Reason To Ignore Planning
By Tom Herrin
While the recent problems with Hurricane Harvey may not have reached Austin, those neighbors are not really that far away. There is no reason to take comfort from the fact that there are miles between this area and the coast. Problems such as flash flooding are no stranger to the area. Wildfires have come uncomfortably close. I was there when rolling blackouts affected some of the area due to extreme cold temperatures and the inability of the power grid to supply sufficient amounts of energy. All of this and more should be taken into consideration when people think of the need for disaster planning.
Families Need The Security Of A Plan
Sufficient supplies are one of the main concerns of those who are affected by disasters. When services are disrupted, people can become pretty desperate in a hurry. Anytime people are able to do something to reduce panic, decisions concerning health and well-being are more easily made with plans that work. A good plan should include supplies that could last at least a few days if services are lost. Bottled water, food that requires no cooking, first aid supplies, and copies of important documents are things that should be packed in something that can be picked up and carried out in an evacuation.
Be Aware Of Good Resources For Help
Every family member should know which sources of information are reliable. There are some that may be misleading. Listening to those that can provide accurate information can help make decisions early. Too many people are caught in situations where they have waited until the last minute to make decisions that could truly be life or death. These kinds of decisions are too often bad with serious outcomes. If everyone is on board with where to get good information, they can be more together in making timely and safe decisions.
Have A Good Communication Plan
When public services are knocked out, communication can become a serious problem. With no working cell towers, there is no way to contact anyone else by phone. Everyone should know important numbers and email information. They also should be aware of which agencies or organizations are trusted and helpful. Making contact with them can provide a place of safety. These groups normally keep a list of who they have in their shelters as well, so you are able to locate a loved one should you be separated. Just because you feel like you are out of harm’s way doesn’t mean you always are. Planning can help prepare your family and assure their safety.
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