September is National Preparedness Month, and this is part of our “Being Prepared” series.
Disaster can strike anytime and anywhere. So why would you not want to be prepared? Because, when disaster does strike, you’ll probably find yourself alone looking for help. You don’t want to be that guy, so get yourself in gear and get prepared for disaster.
Fire can happen to anyone whether it be a wildfire, or a fire in your house. When it comes to a wildfire, you are at the mercy of its destructive path. But, in your home there are things you can do to be prepared. Two of the most important tools you should have in your house are: 1) a working fire detector on each floor, and in each bedroom, and 2) a fire extinguisher. Each person, regardless of age, should know how to use one too.
If a fire should occur in your home or office, you should have an emergency route. Be sure to practice to ensure everyone knows what to do and where to meet. And, don’t forget about your pets. Our pets are like family members to most of us, so make sure they’re part of your plan.
Natural disasters are just that, natural. They aren’t preventable. You can’t just walk outside and say no to a tornado or hurricane. It would be nice if you could, but it just doesn’t work that way. So let’s look at just a few natural disasters and some of the prep work you can start on now.
- Tornado: Scientists and meteorologists still don’t know exactly what causes tornadoes. And nobody knows best how to destructive one can be than those who live in tornado alley. As unpredictable as a tornado is, the best thing to do is to move yourself and your family to the lowest part of your home away from windows and outside doorways. Practice with the whole family, and don’t forget about the pets.
- Hurricane: There are extended warnings when it comes to a hurricane. But that doesn’t mean you sit back and relax until it hits. You need to be prepared to grab items quickly and evacuate the area. If you are going to sit it out, that choice is on you. But, best practice is to evacuate to an area that will not be affected.
- Floods: For the most part, floods come with a warning. Even with a flash flood, you are warned in advance of the threat. Being prepared for the event of a flood isn’t something most people would think about. The priority is to move to higher ground while moving items of necessity with you. You know, those bug out bags we’ve talked about before. The other option is to evacuate the area if you know the flood could last longer than a couple of days.
Look, we all know disaster can hit when we least expect it. And, the last thing you want to do is find yourself waiting for the government to come and help. It can take them days, if not weeks, to get to you and offer assistance. Local help is always the first on the scene, but there are times when they have delays getting mobilized. You never know; they could have been affected too. The best method is one of self-reliance. The first responder to you and your needs should be yourself. And, the benefit of being prepared is that you may just be the first responder to someone in critical need. Your preparedness now, will be your lifeline when you least expect it.