Natural disasters, or any type of disaster, are a frightening experience to live through. Since you cannot prevent them your only alternative is to be as prepared as possible if they do occur by having your 72 Hour Emergency Kits and Family Bag ready, extra food and water stored in a safe place, items to build a shelter (with sleeping bags or blankets) and a way to cook. These simple tips can help you if you ever find yourself in this situation. Read them, print them out and put a copy in your 72 Hour Emergency Kit or Family Bag for reference, your computer may not be available to look them up at the time. Be aware of your surroundings and what you should and should not do to protect yourself and your family.
1. Check for any injuries first. Give first-aid or get help for the most serious injuries first. If someone is trapped do not attempt to remove them, they could be injured more or you could be injured from falling objects. If possible, wait for professional help. If the person is in further danger, then remove them carefully and quickly to a safer place.
Remember that children, seniors and the handicapped will take longer to evacuate if necessary. Children will become stressed quickly. Assure them you are doing everything you can to protect them. The 72 Hour Emergency Stressor Kit comes in handy here to occupy them.
Note: You can purchase a Gas Shut-off Wrench/Tool at Home Depot, Lowe's, other hardware or home improvement stores and online. Cost, about $5.00.
8. Turn off electricity - To prevent damage to appliances, unplug them and turn off electricity at the main electrical panel. Warning: Never touch a circuit breaker while standing in water or with wet hands.
9. Unplug all power appliances - This includes, microwaves, TV's, DVD's, VCR's, radios/stereos, computers, washers, dryers, etc. This will reduce the risk of an overload and prevent damage from any surges when power is restored.
12. DO NOT, DO NOT use a charcoal BBQ inside the house for heat, they are toxic and will kill you.
14. If you can stay on your property. If you are not able to stay in your house, set up shelter outside. If not, go to a local government site where emergency shelter and first-aid has been set up. Check your radio for those locations.
The rule--NEVER, NEVER take a chance crossing standing or moving water, you never know how deep or safe it is!!!
25. Remember in a natural disaster cell phones may not work but texting may. Try texting first and keep the cell phone lines open for emergencies only.
29. Sanitation and waste - Set up a toilet area, use your portable toilet and put up a tarp around it for privacy if possible. Dispose of human waste properly. See the Sanitation posting on this website for this information. See the Sanitation posting on the right of this blog.