While it may not be healthy to constantly think about worst-case scenarios, a little disaster planning will go a long way when it comes to keeping your home, family and finances safe in case of emergency.
“Disasters can wreak havoc on communities and cause financial and emotional strain,” says Jeff Jellets, disaster coordinator for The Salvation Army. “Our hope is to provide useful tips and tools to help families prepare for the unthinkable.”
Below are a handful of tips from the Salvation Army.
Create an emergency plan. Outline where you will meet if separated and how you will reconnect; make a list of organizations that provide shelter and food; and follow practical home safety steps like shutting off water and gas.
Prepare an emergency supply kit. Include items such as water, nonperishable food, flashlights, extra batteries, matches, a power pack, a dust mask, gloves, prescriptions, eyeglasses or contacts, and photocopies of identification documents.
Learn life-saving skills. Get certified in CPR and first aid.
Check your insurance policies. Have coverage for hazards you may face in your area.
Connect with an existing agency. Become familiar with local organizations trained in disaster response and relief, or see if your area supports a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Source: The Salvation Army