Natural disasters and emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. Your preparedness will ultimately dictate whether you and your family can survive it or not. If you are a parent or is the head of the family, the responsibility of keeping every member of the household falls on your shoulders.

Whether it’s a storm, an earthquake, an office-related injury, or a household accident, you need to prepare and be knowledgeable of how you should respond in these cases. This guide will help you develop an emergency plan that you and your family members can follow.

Stacking Up Supplies for Your Emergency Kit

Every household should have an emergency kit that they can grab and go. What does a typical emergency kit contain? Each container should consist of food items (canned and preserved foods), water, medications, thermal jacket, flashlights and batteries that will last up to a maximum of three days, and a first aid kit.

If you have other members in your family that has special needs, consider bringing their essentials as well. For example, older individuals need their cane, eyeglasses, extra batteries for hearing aids, wheelchair and other items that are crucial for their survival and well-being.

Planning an Escape Route

As numerous disasters have passed, leaders of various communities have learned that everyone should have access to evacuation centers or safe areas where no threats of a hazard could endanger them there. Communicate with your local government or a disaster or emergency unit to know where that safe area is and create a strategic plan on how you can get there.

As much as possible, plan out the quickest route and other alternative means. Also, it is essential to consider transportation options when planning a safe route. There are cases wherein an occurrence of a natural disaster leads to road closure and blockage, plan an escape route with this in mind so you are prepared for the obstacles that may come your way.

Emergency Communication Plans

When a disaster happens, you may experience communication blackouts from time to time. Transmission towers are down, and electricity outages occur during these critical moments. To avoid confusion and to effectively ask for help in extreme cases that you cannot handle the emergency yourself, you’ll need a way to contact an ambulance or an emergency responder. However, without electricity or communication signals, lives are immediately put at risk.

Safeguarding Essential Documents

Aside from bringing your emergency kit along with you, make sure to have essential documents inside so that you’ll have a copy in cases of fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters. You can have them sealed away in a local depository or cases of online documents, save them in a “cloud” that is password-protected. If you don’t have a local depository in your area, you can ask trusted relatives to safeguard them for you until you have found a place where you can store it.

Learning about First-Aid

During emergencies, not only will you have to deal with the unforeseen hazards at any given place, you’ll be compelled to handle medical-related concerns that need quick solutions. For example, a member of your family had his leg fractured from running down the stairs in moments of an earthquake.

You’ll have to treat that leg with the first-aid bandage to ease the pain while waiting for a medical team to arrive. If you don’t have any knowledge regarding first-aid, you can enroll yourself in training programs such as Lifesaver Education so that you can respond effectively and efficiently in medical emergencies.

The adage of prevention is better than cure truly stands to its testament that individuals can never foresee what will happen in the future. The best way to anticipate its damage is to be prepared and vigilant with the surroundings.

 

 

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Editorial Staff, "Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan for Your Family," in Medicalopedia, December 16, 2019, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/8073/creating-an-emergency-preparedness-plan-for-your-family/].