HAVING AN EVACUATION PLAN IN PROCESS
A major disaster can cause serious panic to your community. Having an evacuation plan and emergency plan in place can help prevent some of this panic and help ensure that your family sticks together. If you are in an area where natural disasters are common or if you have received a warning about a looming storm, hurricane, flood, etc, then you will need to activate your emergency plan. This may include evacuating to a safer location or it may include storm proofing your property and bunkering down in your own home.
Prepare Your Emergency Plan
Make sure you and your family go over the evacuation plan and that everyone is clear on what to do in the event of a natural disaster and what happens after the disaster has struck. Often high winds and water can make it impossible for the emergency service team to make it to you which means you and your family may be stranded for days. You could be without power, without water and without phone service among other things. This means you need to rely on your emergency plan and supplies to get through this tough time.
While the emergency crew will be trying their best to get to you, often it is those that are missing or injured that are attended to first. What this means is that you could be trapped and waiting. Having an evacuation and emergency plan in place can help keep your family safe, secure and most importantly, together during this difficult and often devastating time. This is a scary thought but it does happen which is why it is so important to have an emergency plan into place.
Evacuation and Emergency Plans
The first thing you will need to do is have an evacuation plan in place. What this means is having a place to go if you must leave your home. Everyone in your family must know where this is, whether it is the shopping center down the road, a friend's house on higher grounds or to a family member's house. Even if you just live right next to the community evacuation center, you should still sit down with your family and go over the plan.
You should also have an emergency kit in place as part of your evacuation plan. You will still want to bring a few essential items with you when you do make your escape to safer grounds. Having this kit ready for you allows a much easier and quicker evacuation. When time is of the essence, this is not something you want to go without.
An emergency plan should contain extra clothes, food, water and blankets as well as important documents, photographs, insurance papers, a radio and plenty of spare batteries. You should also include a first aid kit as well as entertainment for the kids such as a few books and toys. Other things to include in your emergency kit include a sleeping bag, warm clothing, baby formula and diapers if you have an infant, medication and basic toiletries.
Having an evacuation plan in process allows you to stay together and to know what to do before, during and after a serious natural disaster. Often storms and other disasters will strike without warning while often you may have a few hours or even days to prepare for what is to come. Do not wait until the last minute to go. As soon as there is the sign of a disaster heading your way, put your emergency and evacuation plan in process and get to safer grounds, together.