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Disaster Preparedness for Families

October 11, 2018

            Even though we don’t have to personally deal with another hurricane making landfall again along our coast, we may have to deal with other disasters. Do you have a plan for your home in case some disaster would happen? What would you do if you had no power for eight days? How would you prepare food? How would you keep your children warm?

            I know the value of being prepared whether it be for taking a test, teaching a class or packing for a vacation. I make lists, check them twice and am packed and ready to go well in advance. I make plans well in advance and set goals to achieve the things I want to do.

            Why should it be any different when it comes to being prepared for an emergency? Our job as parents is to ensure the safety and well-being of our children. We can do this by putting a plan in place and collecting basic necessities for our family members, including our pets.

            Here are some easy steps to help prepare your family for a disaster. Remember, a disaster could be one of many (snowstorm, fire, tornado, earthquake, flood, etc.)


Create an Emergency Kit

            Create an emergency kit with supplies for at least 72 hours for each person and pet in your home. Be sure to include children in packing. The kit should be convenient and portable.

Practice Family Drills

            Those with little kids should practice family drills so you and your children feel confident about what to do. My suggestion would be to practice on the first day of each season – or more often.

            Walk your child through what to do in case of emergency. How do you get outside (doors, windows, other exits), where do you meet, who can you call, etc. Actively participating in a drill will make it easier for your child to remember in the event of an emergency.

            Follow the drill with a reflection conversation. Ask questions and be ready to learn from your kids, too. How they see the world can be so helpful in disaster planning.

Protect Critical Documents

            Store your critical documents in a waterproof, fireproof location (birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, insurance information, etc.).

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