Organizational Tip: Create a Family Disaster Action Plan

Planning for the unexpected is never any fun, but keeping things organized in case of an unfortunate event is the best way to stay prepared when disaster does strike. It really doesn’t take a whole lot time to sit down with the family and create a plan of action. The action plan doesn’t have to be complicated, but it should include where everyone should meet and what to do in case of an emergency. It sounds simple enough, but how can you start? The NHC has a great list that can help you map out your plan. Here is what they recommend:

check markDiscuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.

check markLocate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.

check markDetermine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.

check markHave an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.

check markMake a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.

check markPost emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.

check markCheck your insurance coverage – flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.

check markStock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.

check markUse a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.

check markTake First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.

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