Where hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods or manmade crises, and deadly threats — you need to have a backup plan. The next disaster can happen at any time…are you prepared? Do you know what you need in case any one of the above mentioned occurs? Being prepared is the best option because let’s face it, you never know when a disaster can strike. For those who are ill equipped this only means one thing- placing yourself inside the bubble of another disaster. There are community based distribution centers who can help you implement a plan for disaster and provide resources to help you with your emergency plan. In the U.S. there are many community based emergency programs that provide institutional readiness and empower local clinics and other partners to continue serving vulnerable populations after a disaster.
But the key is to have a plan so you’re equipped in case a disaster strikes in your neck of the woods.
Why do you need a plan?
Disasters don’t wait until everyone is home under the same roof. When disaster strikes you and your family may not be together—a cold fact. It is crucial to consider the following situations and plan ahead of time –because you never know when disaster will rear its ugly head. You need to ask yourself these questions during the pre-planning stages:
How will my family/household receive emergency alerts and warnings?
How will my family/household reach safe locations for relevant emergencies?
How will my family/household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
How will I let loved ones know I am safe?
How will family/household get to a meeting location after the emergency?