Practical Natural Disaster Preparedness

One of the things that’s likely on your family’s “what we’re getting prepared for” list is some sort of natural disaster. This is one of the most common types of emergencies that families face. It was a natural disaster that led our family to get prepared. From winter storms to hurricanes to earthquakes, these types of disasters fill our news every year.

Here are some important natural disaster preparedness tips.

-Know your area and the likely disaster you’ll face. Every part of the country presents unique challenges, identify yours so you can be prepared.

-Build a kit. Whether it’s a hurricane kit, earthquake kit or a winter storm kit, build the right kit for your situation.

-Identify evacuation routes & shelter locations. Make sure everyone in your family is aware of them.

-Have a communication plan in place.

-Plan for home and away. You might not be home when a natural disaster strikes so make sure you build a plan that accounts for that.

-Sign up for emergency alerts with your local authorities. Social media is also a great way to get updates from local authorities.

-Identify radio stations that will have ongoing updates during the event of a power outage.

-Consider all in your planning. Prepare for your pets, elderly and anyone else with special considerations.

-Prepare your car. Build a car kit from our checklists.

-Heed warnings. Some natural disasters give you plenty of warning so pay attention and heed the warnings for evacuation and preparing.

-Learn from the past. In recent history we’ve seen countless major storms leave families completely unprepared and devastated. Don’t ignore the lessons from the past.

-Keep it simple. And practical. Don’t go overboard with the fanciest gadgets or things your family doesn’t need.