Are You Prepared For a Natural Disaster?

How are you going to react when a natural disaster hits your hometown? Will you remain calm or will you be left in a panic? Do you even know what to do when a natural disaster strikes? Unfortunately too many people aren’t prepared for a natural disaster and it costs thousands their homes and more importantly, their lives.

Being prepared for a disaster can help in so many ways and even preparing the basics can help you avoid total devastation. This isn’t so crazy and even though you probably never think a disaster will never happen, it very might well. It could be a minor flood that hits but do you really know how to keep your family safe? You need to understand how prepared you really are.

Will You Rely On The Government’s Assistance?

When there is a natural disaster, you have to remember that at times, the State and Federal government may not be able to help you. Now, I say this because sometimes, when cities and towns in remote areas are cut-off from the rest of the world, police, ambulance and fire fighters cannot get through. It may be several days or possibly weeks with severe disasters, and it means you are the one is left alone.

It’s unfortunate because the government always tries to send help as quickly as possible but it may not come as quickly as you require it. Also, there may be times when certain disasters, smaller disasters that affect few communities, may not receive help from the government. At times, the government can do little to help and even when it’s a nation-wide disaster, the help doesn’t always come.

There probably will be hundreds of others just like you, in need of help, but if you rely on the government alone, you may be disappointed. That is why you need to consider preparing for a natural disaster if only to ensure you and your family can remain safe at all times.

You Must Create a Plan of Action for Any Upcoming Disaster

Let’s be honest, every single government and head of state has a P.O.A. for disasters. Really, most governments have plans set aside for terrorist attacks and all sorts of natural disasters and even though they aren’t always used, they are needed. A Plan of Action has become a much needed tool for everyone simply because it can avoid panic and chaos should disaster strike.

A P.O.A. is technically the most basic but most needed survival tool in the world today. It can save a life but you don’t just have to worry about seasonal rain or snow. You have to also worry about tornadoes, hurricanes, mud and landslides, and flooding too. The great thing about creating a Plan of Action is that it’s so easy to prepare for an upcoming natural disaster.

Your Plan of Action can set out what steps you and your family will take to protect yourself during a crisis. Every member of the family can learn about the different plans and once they know, they can remain safe even when disaster strikes unexpectedly.

Food, Water and Shelter

For everybody in the world, they require three things – food, water and shelter – and it’s these things you must focus on when it comes to preparing for disaster. Remember, the body can last only a very short period of time without water, say maybe three days at the most before the affects start to kick-in. However, food is something most people can live without more, but you still need to build your food supplies.

Fresh foods are not the best option to choose because these things rarely last more than two days without the date going off. Also, fresh foods that don’t have a refrigerator won’t last a day simply because they go sour. Milk can curdle, yogurt can turn into cream and cheese will go moldy and it’s very risky to consume these. That is why you need to stick to canned goods because they last much longer and they are easier to store without having to worry about shelf-life or keeping cool.

Ideally, you should try to build a steady supply of water. You should have at least ten gallons of drinking water for every person. This will last around a week and hopefully by then the disaster would have passed by then. However, you will also need a supply of water, around twelve gallons for bathing and hygiene. If you live in an area which often has bad weather and lose power or are subject to annual floods, you probably have a steady stream of water and food stored away already.

If however, you do not have any supplies at home, you must consider start stockpiling food, water and other supplies. The reason why is simple – a natural disaster can and will strike at any time and really today, the weather changes in the blink of an eye.

For your shelter, you have to think about what you can do to shore up the home to keep you safe throughout the disaster. However, you also need to consider what happens if you aren’t able to remain indoors and have to look for shelter elsewhere. Everyone needs to have some sort of shelter when it comes to surviving a disaster and if it won’t be your home, you need to have a back-up shelter in place.

This may be a family friend’s home or a work colleague but no matter where your shelter is, you must ensure it’s fully safe. However, you should also have a third shelter option if possible just in case other shelter options fail.

Thriving Through Natural Disaster

Each year, thousands of people prep for natural disaster and it must be something you seriously consider. Anyone who takes the time and effort to prep their families for disaster can hopefully avoid getting caught in the panic when a natural disaster hits home. Taking even a few hours out of your day each week can allow you to prepare for disasters around the corner.