Will your family be ready for a natural disaster

Disasters can strike at anytime anywhere, will you and your family be ready? You should be aware of the risks in your area. Ask yourself do I live in a flood zone area, is my area known for hurricanes, earthquakes, hail storms, Tsunamis, wildfires, volcanoes, and tornadoes. If so you should plan according to the risk in your area.

Plan in advance where to meet if your family members are separated, like kids being in school, parents at work etc. Also have a certain person in which everyone will call to let them know where they are.

Prepare in advance an emergency supply kit. Figure out how much food and water your family will need for about 4 days. Today there is a variety of food storage containers that you can buy to use in your emergency kit. You can choose from freeze-dried fruits like strawberries, blueberries, peaches, bell peppers, cheese, meats for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some of the freeze-dried meals are fettuccine alfredo with or without chicken, beef stroganoff, beef stew, lasagna with meat sauce, chicken teriyaki with rice. Than there are dehydrated eggs, butter, tomatoes powder, low-fat granola. After you have everything you need put all your supplies into a large container with handles so that it will be easier to carry, but don’t make it to heavy.

A food storage container can also be used for your flashlight, batteries, radio, first-aid kit, matches, lighters, blankets, extra clothes, shoes, towels, paper plates, paper towels, wipes, plastic spoons, forks, knifes, tooth brush and paste, toilet paper and extra money. Also make copies of your insurance policies, mortgage papers, car information, family pictures, photo albums anything important to you and than burn them on a CD and place it into your container, or just keep the paper copies and put them into the container. Keep an up to date utility bill in the container to show proof that you were living there at the time of the diaster. Put your containers in a place that you can get to quickly.

If you live in a hurricane area the season runs between June and November in the United States. Most hurricanes are usually slow travelers so this will give you time to decide if you are going to stay or leave. If you are going to leave put your containers in the car early so that you will not leave anything. Leave early so that you will not get caught up in the traffic.

Tornado season is usually between April and July but sometimes it may come earlier. Those who have basements, or storm shelters should go there when they hear the sirens. Another safe place will be a room with no windows. If you live in a trailer home you should find other shelter and prepare to take your emergency kit with you.

Will your family be ready for the next natural disaster in your area? They can be if you have an emergency plan, and an emergency kit.

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