Have you ever tried to bake cookies without flour? It just doesn’t work—the cookies turn out flat and they don’t taste as good. If you don’t properly prepare, you won’t yield positive results. The same can be said about emergency preparedness. If you do not properly prepare, you won’t yield positive results.
An emergency situation is stressful and chaotic. You might find yourself separated from your family members without cell phone coverage. Your house could be damaged from a natural disaster. You never know what could happen in a disaster so that’s why it’s best to prepare for the worst.
Fortunately, to guide us through disaster preparation, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) under the National Homeland Security Department deemed September as National Preparedness Month. Their website lists and informs us on how to prepare. Here are some highlights:
- Be informed – know what kind of disasters your area is susceptible to. Know your community preparedness plan and how you’ll become aware of emergency alerts.
- Make a plan – build a personalized plan for your family that answers questions like “How will I let my family know I’m safe” if separated in a disaster.
- Build a kit – assemble or update your emergency preparedness supply kit. This should include food, water, clothing and other supplies to get you through a disaster.
When a disaster strikes, it’s too late to make a plan. Plan ahead of time so that when you’re in the middle of a chaotic emergency, you can execute your plan. Take action today!