How to Make a Disaster Plan for Your Family

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EVERYDAY HOME  |  9.8.15  |  by Terra Wellington

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September is National Preparedness Month.  And while none of us like to think that we might be in a disaster situation, it is always better to be prepared.  We like simple approaches, as much as possible, to emergency preparedness.  And so in this post, we have a few go-to resources and common sense advice — we hope that it helps you be ready in case a disaster strikes.  We want your family to be safe and protected.

Read on for how to make a disaster plan for your family 

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Where to start?

First, you have to be motivated.  In today’s busy lifestyle, figuring out a disaster plan can be low on your priority list.  Most of us are “fighting” the everyday home “disasters” of getting chores done, groceries bought, food on the table, kids happy and healthy.  And these everyday activities tend to get priority.  But we were motivated by this FEMA video (below).  It reminded us that the best place to start is at home.  And the best time is now.

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Get Your Family On Board

Now that you’re motivated, pull together your family for a brief meeting to talk about how you might be prepared in case of an emergency.  Even get your little children involved (helps and ideas in the Go-To Resources below).  Here’s some simple steps:

  1. Make it fun.  A bowl of popcorn with some notetakers keeps everybody happy and engaged.
  2. Talk about what your family feels you should be prepared for.
  3. What disasters could your family face?  Some common possibilities are wildfire, flood, hurricane, power outage, earthquake.
  4. Make a list of what your family needs to do to be prepared.  Examples are escape plan, document and photo grab-and-go plan, meet-up plan, and emergency kit preparation (including 3-day emergency food).
  5. Write down ideas that family members give.

Pace Out Your Preparation Tasks

From the list you made at your family meeting, pull out a calendar and portion out the preparedness tasks over a set of weeks so that it doesn’t seem overwhelming.  Here’s an example —

Week 1: Role play with your family what to do if there is an earthquake.

Week 2: Come up with a list of what you need in a 72-hour emergency kit.

Week 3: Obtain first set of items for your 72-hour emergency kit.

Week 4: Obtain next group of items for your 72-hour emergency kit.

And so on …

In this way, you can become prepared without breaking the bank and without feeling like it’s too overwhelming.  Of course, if you can afford to purchase ready-made 72-hour kits in one fell swoop, go for it!

Utilize Go-To Resources

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