Environmental degradation has alarmed a lot of private organizations and government outfits to formulate activities to spread consciousness about global warming, pollution and other environmental concerns. And a part of such movement is the dissemination of quick helpful tips in becoming prepared for natural disasters caused by the apparent ecological imbalance.
Typhoons, storms, hurricanes, winter storms, wildfires and earthquakes have become more recurrent in the past years. Millions of lives have been lost and thousands of families have been traumatized by these occurrences. It is already a given that no one can ever escape his fate, but you can do something about being prepared. Getting your home and family ready in case any unfortunate event unfolds is significantly necessary. Nothing beats vigilance in order to minimize your risks of experiencing grave casualties.
Being prepared can be done in various measures. Enrich your awareness by regularly tuning into news shows and weather forecasts through varied media – television, radio, Internet and the newspaper. This way you can be updated of any disaster looming to strike your location.
Coordinate with the disaster council in your local community. If at all possible, make time to express your suggestions about organizing a forum or any activity that would encourage people from your neighborhood to increase their preparedness for natural disasters. It is also important to know if your community has evacuation plans like venues of temporary shelters, sources of probable communal supplies and other related matters that would make every member of the community feel taken care of in times of need.
With regard to the evacuation planning, initiate the same activity with your family. Create safety route maps through simple sketches. Remember to also write down important numbers in this piece of paper. And then post it where everyone can regularly see it. You can also include a copy of this in your emergency kit. You can also organize a family fire drill once a month. Merely knowing what to do is different from actually doing the appropriate steps in ensuring safety. After all, practice makes perfect. Lastly, you have to take care of your car. This is your main means of transportation in case a tragedy occurs. Make sure that it equipped with a vulcanized spare tire, spare battery, water for the radiator and sufficient gas supply.
As for arranging emergency kits, use handy waterproof bags to pack your supplies. Place one each in your car and in your home. Put the kit somewhere accessible inside your home like the kitchen or living area. If you have kids, make sure that they will also have their own kit at school. You could also organize one to be kept in your office. This is to guarantee that anywhere you might get stuck, you will have supplies. Most kits contain the following necessities:
– set of clothes. Pack the type of clothes according to the potential disaster in your area. Say, thick clothes are a must if your location is prone to winter storms.
– no-cook foods or non-perishable edibles like power bars, meat jerky, dried fruits and nuts, cookies
– gallons of water
– first-aid items for minor wound treatment
– toiletries like soap and tissue
– Swiss knife
– flashlight, batteries, lighter or water resistant matches, glow sticks
– sleeping bag or huge taffeta cloth
– money in small bills
– copies of IDs for each member of the family
Another kit you should prepare is for your important papers. Secure documents in a fireproof and waterproof lock box. Keep it close to the emergency pack so that you can get to grab everything in one go. It would also be a wise move if you have extra copies kept in other locations such as the bank, your office or house of your parents, relatives or friends. Make sure to create digital files. Scan the papers and save them in a disc. Making multiple back ups can never be too many.
Safeguarding your home can also avert worsened tragic events. Ensure that your home has safety measures installed such as fire extinguishers, alarms and automatic locking-in devices for gas operated tank or appliances. It is also crucial that you regularly inspect working conditions of the facilities and fixtures in your home. Check out if there are any exposed wires, leaking gases or damaged wood structures. Once your home is secured, you have lesser risks of encountering dangers.
These measures may necessitate time, effort and some monetary expenses. But protecting your property and your loved ones will always be beyond any expenditure.