posted Jul 7, 2010, 3:11 PM by Mary Lopez
updated Jul 7, 2010, 3:50 PM
PREPARE TODAY, WHILE YOU ARE THINKING OF THIS
Disaster Planning Preparations
It’s not pleasant to think about, but disasters like Katrina, and now storms like Gustav and Fay, and 9-11 remind us that we should be prepared for disasters. Do you have a plan? Click the “more” button at the end of this paragraph for a list that can help you be better prepared. The list really is very practical and we encourage you to gather the recommended items so you, too, can be prepared.
- Emergency Preparedness Begins with You.
- Here are some steps you can take:
- Meet with your family and discuss your designated meeting and check-in locations after a disaster.
- Discuss the types of hazards that could affect your family.
- Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
- Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hazard. In certain circumstances, the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
- Advocate for yourself. Practice how to quickly explain either orally or in writing to people the best way to guide or move you and your adaptive equipment, safely and rapidly.
- If you have a communication disability, make sure your emergency information list notes the best way to communicate with you.
- This may be by writing notes, pointing to letters, words or pictures, or finding a quiet place.
- Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact so all your family members have a single point of contact.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
- Check your insurance coverage—flood damage is not usually covered by home owners’ insurance.
- Use a weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every six months as you do with your smoke detectors.
- Get cash—preferably in small bills, credit cards, checkbook and ATM card.
- Take pictures or video of your home for insurance purposes.
- Fill up your vehicle with gasoline.
- Make copies of important documents and keep them in a waterproof container (birth certificate, passport, license, insurance information, and proof of address.)
- Install at least one smoke detector on each level of your home outside sleeping areas. If you are deaf or have hearing loss, install a system that has flashing strobe lights to get your attention.
- If possible, purchase a generator and fuel to run it. Place it outside in a well-ventilated area.
- Consider purchasing a carbon monoxide detector too.
- Determine an alternate place to stay during a disaster—an emergency shelter, hotel, neighbor’s house, friend’s home or a relative’s home.
- STOCK A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT.