Home emergencies happen every day, and they can have devastating consequences if you’re not prepared to handle them. But with the right planning and preparation, you can limit the damage that home emergencies cause and increase your chances of surviving them completely unscathed. In honor of FEMA's Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, here are 4 home emergency preparedness tips to help you handle almost any emergency in the comfort of your own home.
1) Learn Your Risks & Appropriate Responses
The easier way to be prepared for a disaster that may occur is to stay informed to learn about potential risks. You can also utilize wireless radio alerts, such as the NOAA Weather Radio, to received important lifesaving alerts no matter where you are located. You can also find more information on your local risk at the FEMA website. For example, the Hurricane Watch page has additional information on hurricanes, including: forecasts and watches, evacuations, emergency services, and a chat box so you can talk with other people in the area who are also monitoring the storm. If you’re interested in learning more about what to do before and after a hurricane, visit the Disaster Safety page which includes tips on preparing for natural disasters like hurricanes and severe weather events such as floods or wildfires.
2) Make a Plan!
It's important to make a plan for an emergency situation at home. You can make an emergency plan for your family that is easily put into action. Talk about what items you'll need and when. Add in some crisis management pointers to help prevent panic. Make sure the plan addresses things like natural disasters, medical emergencies, power outages, and terrorism incidents. And don't forget to include your pets in your disaster plan as well!
3) Create an Emergency Kit
One of the best ways to get started is by creating a supply kit so your family has necessary food and supplies until power is restored or help arrives. Keep this in an accessible location for easy access if a sudden need arises. Be sure to also maintain the kit over time by refreshing the supply of fresh food, water, and batteries to ensure everything is working properly.
4) Get Involved with Local Organizations
National Preparedness Day is a month-long effort to promote awareness and get everyone involved with the important work of emergency preparedness. Use this opportunity to build better safety habits and connect with local organizations that help others prepare before disaster strikes. Consider reaching out to your local Red Cross or Neighborhood Watch organization to see if there are ways you can help.