As information about COVID-19 has rapidly overtaken the news cycle, it can seem like other types of emergencies no longer exist. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires don’t care about the virus. If you are currently staying home, now may be a good time to prepare for other types of disasters.
Communicate With Your Family Members
Start by discussing what steps you and your family members need to take if there is a disaster. Talk about the things you’ll need to take with you if you are forced to evacuate and where to go if you need to shelter within your home. Decide who is responsible for gathering certain items and who will be placing phone calls to emergency contacts. There are online resources you may find helpful, and consider using emergency preparedness training software to make sure you’ve covered all the essential steps. Once you’ve got a well-communicated plan, practice putting it into effect.
Maintain Access to Important Documents
Thankfully, many vital records can now be stored online in cloud-based systems. If possible, it is even better to have files backed up on a thumb drive. This allows you to keep financial, legal, insurance and medical information safe.
Make a “Go” Bag
These bags should be regularly updated as supplies expire and placed in both your home and your car. Most people know to have several days’ worth of water and non-perishable food as well as a first-aid kit, but don’t forget things like extra batteries for flashlights or chargers for cell phones. Be sure to tailor your bags to your family’s needs. Do you have pets? Don’t forget to pack some food for them.
Hopefully, none of your family will face an emergency. If you do, though, having a practiced plan in place can help you safely survive.