Disasters are real events that can threaten your safety and even your life.

They can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood, workplace or school or can confine you to your home.

Whether it’s earthquake, flood, tornado, hurricane, or brush fire, it will be awesome for you to be prepared.

Local officials will be on the “field” after a disaster, but they cannot help everyone at the same time.

You can’t know in advance when a disaster will strike. So, it’s wise to be prepared before disaster strikes. Here are some helpful tips in case of natural disasters:

  1. Find out what kind of disasters can occur in your country.
  2. Establish a communications plan with your family that includes an evacuation plan. Make some time to practice it with your entire family.
  3. Be sure to have an emergency kit prepared in advance. Check your equipment every six months.

It should contain:

  • Water- prep 2 gallons for drinking water and other 2 for hygienic reasons per person per day, for a minimum of three days.
  • Food- include a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person.
  • Medical kit.
  • Relevant documents.
  • Clothes and blankets.
  1. Individuals with special diets and allergies will need particular attention, as will babies, toddlers, and elderly people.
  2. If you’re a driver, make sure you know alternative routes and carry appropriate supplies as:
  • Disaster supplies kit in your car
  • A compact kit with essential items such as a flashlight, batteries, stations, etc.
  1. How can you prepare your kid for when disaster hits?
  • Make your children familiar with the sound of emergency sirens. Show them how to react in case of smoke, fire alarms and local community warning systems starts.

  • Show your child how and when to call for emergency assistance.
  • Help your kids memorize their family name, address and phone number.
  • Show them where to meet in case the disaster strikes.
  • If your children are too little to remember such information, put them carry a small index card that lists emergency information to give to a grown up.
  1. Being prepared helps you and your family minimize the impact of a disaster such as a hurricane, an earthquake, or a fire.
  2. Get ready for unexpected situations now while you have time to plan.
  3. Take care of you and your family safety. No one will do it for you. With a detailed planning before any catastrophe, you can be more prepared than ever to help others.

What would you do if you were told to evacuate your house within 15 minutes? What would you take with you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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