How to Prepare For A Natural Disaster
One of the biggest things to help prepare you for a natural disaster is to be aware of what can hit you. Determine the risks to your area and develop a plan around it. For instance, if you’re in Kansas, the odds of being hit by a tsunami are extremely low so that is not something to concern yourself with. However, a tornado is much more likely.
Here are some valuable preparation tips that can help you be prepared:
- Be able to receive warnings. Sign up for local text alerts on your phone and emails as well. Also, have a battery-powered radio with spare batteries.
- Keep your eye on the news. If there is a big storm coming, you need to know about it. This is not something you want to find out about as it happens.
- Make sure to have an out of state contact that you and your family can call in case of an emergency. You’ll want them know you’re safe and also have a place to go if necessary.
- When you’re packing your supplies, be sure to put them in a large backpack to keep in your car or a 5-gallon bucket to store in your home. The purpose of this is so you can easily grab it and go if you need to. You never know how quickly you will need to evacuate.
- Make sure you have clothing, food, shelter, and safety supplies readily available in your supply packs. These items should be non-perishable items that will last. Also, don’t forget flashlights, radios, and even LED headlamps.
- Have clothes ready and be prepared that you need to dress in layers. You can always take layers off but its better to have them then need them
- Have a fireproof and waterproof safe for all of your important documents in the event you need to leave. This should also include a list of medications. Also, try to include a fair amount of cash to help you get away quickly if needed.
- It would not be a bad idea to include a firearm and bullets in your gear if you’re trained to use it. Following a natural disaster, there is a fair amount of looting and vigilantism so being able to protect yourself is a must.
These are just some of the valuable tips that can help you prepare yourself for a natural disaster. For more helpful tips, check out the rest of Home Security Deals or FEMA's Preparation Site.