It should be no surprise why September has been designated National Preparedness Month in the United States. Already this month two monster hurricanes have affected the states and islands. First Hurricane Harvey followed by Irma, September has been one of the most active tropical months in the last several years. Being prepared for storms like we’ve seen recently means understanding all the different factors and scenarios your family may have to consider. In honor of National Preparedness Month here are some tips to help you prepare for any kind of natural disaster:
How do you prepare your children for a natural disaster? You don’t want to spook them but you need them to understand that their safety is vital in emergencies. It’s always best to keep them calm, and that starts with you. Kids will respond to their environment, so keep your wits and confidence and your kids will react appropriately. Also, teach them the Prep Step Song. The song and dance, developed by Save the Children, is a fun and easy way to help your kids remember the important safety tips in times of disaster.
Interacting with the outsider world is another key item that should be on your checklist. Find a friend or family member that you can designate as your emergency contact. Set up a few different contact methods so that you can reach them if your cell service is out, or the internet doesn’t work. Use a text app, Skype, phone, and Facebook Messenger. Make sure your emergency contact is outside your region. If they are also affected, communication may be difficult.
Speaking of Facebook, social media is becoming a valuable tool in times of emergency. During Hurricane Harvey many of those stranded in Houston and other parts affected used social media to be rescued. Sign up for a Twitter account before the storm. Even if you only use it for emergencies, all you have to do is Tweet your address and that you need to be rescued and it will help your chances. Learn hashtags on Twitter so you use the right hashtag for your emergency and others will share it to help spread the word.
Obviously, it’s important to note you should always try local authorities first. Make sure everyone in the family knows what emergency numbers are available for local and regional authorities. If the line is busy, keep trying to call until you reach someone. Have the phone numbers for local emergency rooms and hospitals as well.
Make sure your family has a meeting spot should you become separated. If communications are overwhelmed and your cell phones don’t work, you should have a spot that is safe and everyone will know how to get to. Most schools are used as shelters in times of disaster. You can also use a local church or library.
You should always have an emergency supply kit on hand. Have enough non-perishable food, batteries, cell phone chargers, water and (if possible) generators so that you can go without power for awhile. If anyone in your family has prescription medication, make sure you have enough of it to last a few weeks. You should also think about potential injuries and include a few bandages, wraps, and sanitizing solutions in the kit.
In addition to survival items, your emergency kit should include any important paperwork. Keep your insurance information, health insurance cards, photo Ids and anything else you might need to get back into your home, should you need to evacuate. Have a recent utility bill on hand as well, in case you need multiple proof of residency items.
These simple steps will ensure that you are as ready as you can be for a disaster in your area. Travel Care Air is an international and domestic air ambulance company with nearly four decades of expertise. Whether you are in a storm or need transport to a hospital, we can assist you in your time of need. Request a free air ambulance quote and follow us on Facebook for more about our company.