Do you know what to do in an emergency? Do all of the members of your household know what to do, where to go? Do you have plans in place? Do you have proper emergency supplies? What are the weather emergencies that are usual for your area? Because the thing is emergencies are completely unpredictable and they come on you suddenly, but you need to have some plans and supplies in place.
Definition of Emergency:
a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action.
a state, especially of need for help or relief, created by some unexpected event.
This year in Indiana we have had some crazy late summer weather; more tornadoes than normal and unusual amounts of rain that has caused flooding. You need to first off know what natural disasters are more likely for the area where you live: tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunami, flooding, hurricanes, or fires.
For example if you live in a hurricane prone area, know the evacuation routes, have readily accessible the materials needed for securing your home (plywood for all of the windows etc.). Have a suitcase ready to go with toiletries, clothes and some type of money.
If there is a tornado heading your way identify the most secure room in your home. The best option is a basement or storm cellar. If you don’t have that your best option is an interior room that has no outside walls and no windows. You may be in this room for up to an hour. My family always found pillows and blankets a good addition to make things more comfortable. You can leave the TV on if you still have power with the volume turned up to hear your local weather reports even if you can’t see the TV. Or have a battery powered radio with you.
If you are in a flood prone area, can you get your household items onto the second level? Do you have your important personal information in water proof bags or containers? If possible get your cars to higher ground, park at a friend’s home that is out of the flood area even if you are waiting to see if the water will make it too your door.
In case of a fire in your home, know the evacuation route you will take to get out of your house safely. Make sure you have a plan for carrying small children (who is responsible for getting whom) and a dedicated spot in the yard that your family will all meet up to ensure that everyone is out. If you have a two story house, do you have an emergency fire ladder to evacuate if you can’t get down the house’s regular stairs? If you live in an area that has frequent fires that burn through, having an emergency evacuation bag with clothes, toiletries, and cash ready