While many may never encounter a natural disaster in their lifetime, the reality is that you should still be prepared for one no matter what. A disaster can strike at any time, no matter where you live, and so it is to your advantage to have some kind of plan in place to ensure that you will not only survive the initial disaster, but also be able to survive for at least a few days afterward. Here is some easy steps for you to follow to be able to help you to thrive in and after a disaster.

  1. The first thing to do is to find what kind of natural disasters occur in the area you live. For example, if you live in California you should be ready for earthquakes, and depending upon where in the state you live you may need to prepare for fires and flooding. In the Midwest you need to be ready for tornadoes and flooding, and in the southeast United States you need to be ready for hurricanes. Being aware of what you may face is the first step (“Disaster Survival Kits, Earthquake Preparedness Supplies – Disaster Survival Skills, LLC,” n.d.).
  2. Next you will want to prepare an emergency kit. This should include food, medical supplies, clothing, sleeping bags, flashlights, batteries, and glow sticks. Also it should contain a ready amount of water. The kit should be able to take care of you and your family for at least a week, but also should be light enough that you can carry it out of your household (“Survival Skills. Emergency Planning and Disaster Supplies,” n.d.).
  3. Next thing to do is to prepare an emergency plan. If there is a fire or flooding, how would you get out of your home, where would you go, and what are key things you need to do to make sure you are safe. No matter what kind of disaster you may face you need a preparedness plan (“Family Survival Planning: Why we need to prepare, where to start,” n.d.).
  4. After each practice you want to see if there are circumstances that may arise that you had not considered before that you will need to add to your plan. Like what would you do if your child was at a neighbor’s home when a disaster hit? (“Family Survival Planning: Why we need to prepare, where to start,” n.d.)
  5. Practice your escape plan on a regular basis. The best way to be prepared is to actually practice being prepared. Make sure that everyone knows what they are supposed to grab on their way out (“Home – Disaster Survival Guide,” n.d.).
  6. Often in disasters families get separated. Your plan may be perfect, but you may find that chaos arises when a disaster occurs causing you to be separated. This means you need to create a rally point or two that everyone knows where to go to should you be separated (“Family Survival Planning: Why we need to prepare, where to start,” n.d.).
  7. It is probably a good idea that you and your family all take CPR and first aid classes. It may be days or at least hours before a medical worker may be able to reach you; that time is too critical, and so you should make sure you are ready to care for each other if necessary (“Disaster Survival Kits, Earthquake Preparedness Supplies – Disaster Survival Skills, LLC,” n.d.).
  8. Make sure that everyone has a way to communicate with one another. Cell phones, walkie-talkies and the like can be ideal to help you to stay in contact (“Home – Disaster Survival Guide,” n.d.).
  9. If possible, work with your neighbors on a survival strategy. The more that are involved in making survival work, the more likely you will survive. Realistically, there is greater safety in numbers, which may be essential (“Survival Skills. Emergency Planning and Disaster Supplies,” n.d.).
  10. Make a plan of what you will do with your family pets. For animals that are caged you should have a plan of how you will set them free. In addition, if you have a dog it is to your advantage to take it with you (“Survival Skills. Emergency Planning and Disaster Supplies,” n.d.).

Natural disasters are always scary and can come at any time, but if you prepare yourself you can give you and your family a much better chance to survive.

Reference
Disaster Survival Kits, Earthquake Preparedness Supplies – Disaster Survival Skills, LLC. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.disastersurvivalskills.com/
Family Survival Planning: Why we need to prepare, where to start. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.family-survival-planning.com/
Home – Disaster Survival Guide. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.disaster-survival-guide.com/
Survival Skills. Emergency Planning and Disaster Supplies. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.theoutdoorlodge.com/survival/preparedness_guide/chapter_2_1.html