It is definitely very well said “prevention is better than cure.” If you are ready for a situation and have taken some measures to cope with it, you will realize that the amount of lose you incurred was surely less as compared to the situation which you faced haphazardly and was not ready to cope with. Taking some precautionary measures will help you protect your family better if a situation arises. First of all, you need to determine what kind of emergency situation may arise in your area. Some areas are more prone to floods while some may face earthquakes on a regular basis. You need to learn more about disaster planning to protect yourself and your family. No matter if you are traveling or have settled in a new area, you need to be informed and prepared.
Keep an emergency kit:
Keep an emergency kit with you that can fulfill some basic needs. It should include drinking water for a few days, non-perishable and easy to cook canned food, chocolate bars, bandages, syringes, pain killers, antiseptic, flash lights with extra batteries, phone with extra chargers, sleeping bags, things for personal hygiene, extra clothes, scissors, matches, maps of your area, copies of your important documents like social security cards, driving licenses, passports, birth certificates, cash and small tool box. You can also arrange for other items depending on the needs of our family. For example, if someone in your family suffers from a specific disease like asthma, you need to put inhalers in the kit. Similarly, if you have an infant, keep baby food and milk in the kit.
Keep yourself and family aware of the surroundings:
You need to be aware of your surroundings well to act fast in any emergency situation. Keep yourself updated with weather news so if there are any weather alerts, you are aware of them. If your community arranges any seminar or workshop about disaster planning, do attend it with your family and tell others about the useful information you find there. At least one person in the family should have some first aid training to save a person until the medical help arrives. If a person is suffering from any disease like diabetes, he should have a card in his pocket that contains information like disease’s name, instructions to follow in emergency situation and emergency contact number.
Prepare an emergency plan:
Getting things prepared but not yourself will not help you in any way. You need to discuss a plan with your family what to do if an emergency situation arises. Divide roles so that each member knows his responsibility. Practice what you have planned so that the chances of mistake minimize. Every member should know where to meet, in case you separate. Choose a person to whom you will contact in emergency situation. You need to know all the routes in your area in case you need to evacuate. One should learn more about disaster planning so that he can be a useful member of society should an emergency arise.