The importance of a Family Disaster Plan
The importance of a Family Disaster Plan
A disaster can happen at any time. If a natural disaster happens and you are forced to evacuate, do you know the importance of a Family Disaster Plan? Where will you meet, do you have an evacuation route?
Do you have a Family Disaster Plan in place to protect you and your family in the event of a disaster in Nassau?
Disasters will strike on their schedule, anytime, anyplace, and anywhere. With today’s crazy weather patterns and aggressive storms, do you and your family have an emergency evacuation plan? According to FEMA, 60% of American adults do not have an emergency plan in place, compared to the 39% of American adults that do have an emergency plan.
Home emergency plans will keep you and your family members safe. Anyone close to you including all family members, friends, neighbors, and relatives should have a copy of the emergency plan as well as anyone that could play a role in your survival.
Considerations to think about when developing an emergency plan:
- Do any of your family members have specific needs?
- What kinds of disasters can happen in your area of the country?
- Are you prepared for flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanos, or earthquakes?
- Are there infants/young children, senior citizens, or any family members with disabilities or special needs?
- Is there anyone with dietary or medical needs?
You should develop a disaster supply kit with everything kept in one place so you can grab and go quickly.
A disaster kit should contain items that will fit in just one or two bags. It should contain enough supplies to survive for 3-4 days. You should periodically review your emergency plan and kit and practice the routine once a year. Make sure to replace expired items with fresh ones and update needed items as your family’s needs change.
The importance of a Family Disaster Plan: Do you know where to go if an emergency does arise?
- Are there areas in your own home where you feel you can be safe from a disaster such as a tornado or an earthquake?
- Is there a safe place to meet right outside your home where all family members can meet so you are not scattered?
- If you are forced to evacuate, do you have a planned escape route? Would those separated family members know where to find you?
In quick evacuations, a family communication plan is especially vital.
Do you know where your local emergency alerts will come from? If communication towers aren’t operational, how will you communicate? You should provide all family members with contact numbers for hospitals, police stations, other family members, or out-of-town contacts. You can program them into their phones or print contact cards. It’s a good idea to have some out-of-town contacts. When you are involved in a disaster, out-of-town contacts may be crucial for getting you out of the hot zones. Social media accounts are a great way to make contact. You can mark yourself as safe to alert other family members, not in the evacuation zone.
When making an emergency plan, don’t forget about your pets. Are there pet-friendly hotels or shelters on your evacuation route? A family disaster emergency kit should also include supplies for your pet.
Writing down how you will respond to a disaster with detailed instructions for whatever kind of disaster you could possibly face will be helpful in developing your plan. Every kind of disaster is different. You may have a different plan for different types of disasters. For example, tornadoes are typically responded to differently than a flood. You may be the only family evacuating if the disaster is contained to your property, so plan accordingly.
You should practice your plan with your family at least once a year. So, grab your emergency kit and drive to the destination that’s agreed on.
It’s important to make sure your homeowners’ or renters’ policy is up to date and that you have the proper coverage to cover your losses. Most standard homeowner’s policies do not come with flood insurance or earthquake coverage. In this case, riders or separate policies may be added. Some disaster insurances have a 30-day waiting period, so don’t delay in securing a policy. Always have your insurance carrier’s information handy. This is important since you may not be allowed back to your property as soon as you like.
Always be prepared to evacuate after any disaster. Make sure to have a solid plan that could save the lives of you and your family.
Call in the Experts at Restoration 1 of Nassau
If your home is struck by disaster, you can always rely on the team at Restoration 1 of Nassau to restore your property to its pre-disaster state. We are available with 24/7 emergency response.