When natural disasters strike, we tend to resort in a frantic and panic mode where we don’t know what important things to secure, who to call to, and how to move. It is also known as an emergency kit which contains basic emergency medical supplies to give first aid to victims of calamities or disasters. Each family or individual's kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. You don’t need to be in their position before you make a move, and make necessary preparations whenever natural disaster occurs. It is true that you can’t control it, but you could learn on these top 10 ways to be prepared during natural disasters. Getting ready for emergencies especially natural disasters should be an integral part of your future planning.
To begin with, your preparation, you must first determine type of crisis you could face in future. This morning on Good Morning America, they suggested that we need to pay more attention to personal preparedness to handle emergencies.
You could actually avail a ready-made preparedness checklist which are specifics or generally addressed for certain disaster like earthquake, and during flood.
There are general guidelines that apply to all kinds of disasters whether they are classified as natural or man-made. There are different responses and preparations, and one could not be applied if individuals are victim of flood and earthquake. Some people who have survived and who have suffered a near death experience will never forget this kind of blow in their lives. If every member of the family the meeting point when specific disaster occurs, everyone will be in a safe place, and it will avoid an accident and even death. Therefore, you must keep an eye on the news channels regarding climate changes to make an escape if a disaster is predicted.
This is a common scenario of individuals and families who have not been prepared to face any catastrophic events.
Hence, you could make plans or counsel together as a family as to the things that you would do first when situation arrives, and what to bring, if you have a map created then include that, who would bring specific things for survival, and who to contact to so you could be safe.
That’s great, but in a disaster, you may not be able to access the Internet or your computer or phone.
The Council recently recommended that the president integrate an emergency financial and economic disaster preparedness response into the broader financial capability efforts of the federal government. It is best to put two disaster kits together: one for your car in case a disaster strikes while you are away from the house, and another (supplementary) for the house. Pack your supplies in a backpack for your car-pack and pack your supplies in a bucket for the house. Pack a sleeping bag with plastic ground cloths and tent for shelter, and pack some money for both kits.

For the house kit, pack additional food and water and know what important items you want to take with you if you need to evacuate. If you have room, consider adding something to heat water to your pack for hot beverages or instant add-water only foods (oatmeal, pasta, rice, etc). If you live in an area prone to disasters that cause extended power outages seriously consider keeping a portable generator on hand. A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately.
You should have a disaster plan instead of leaving yourself in the middle exigency or emergency, and you find yourself helpless because you are framed to face that extreme situation. Once you have determined the type of disasters that could strike your area, next step is to write a plan according to different scenarios. You don’t just watch news or hear current announcement from radio commentators when the disaster is already at hand. It's best to assume that in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, roads will be inaccessible by vehicles, and public transportation will be shut down. Since natural disasters can strike anytime, survival becomes almost impossible if you do not have enough supplies and stock in your hut. For that, you must visit local grocery shops from where you can purchase long-term food items such as freeze-dried food, dried foods, and other meals. Train them well when you do your practice drill whether it’s for earthquake or some kind of disasters. You should include them during your disaster planning and it’s not just for adult to discuss because they also have a life to protect, and they need it more than adults need it.
September is also National Emergency Preparedness Month, a reminder to stay informed and get prepared for major natural and man-made disasters.
I dug into the topic for a series on NPR and learned that the government’s National Flood Insurance Program is subsidized by the government at an average cost of $600 a year.
Your goal is to save at least six months’ worth of living expenses for necessities such as rent or mortgage payments, utility bills and groceries. It’s low-cost ($600 a year on average, according to the National Flood Insurance Program) and could protect you from losing everything in a disaster.
If you live in an area prone to other kinds of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, look into other specialized insurance plans. The kit for the road should include enough supplies for 2-3 days, and the kit for the house should include enough supplies for 5-7 days.
Water can be contaminated, so you need to store enough water for drinking, and additional water for cooking (if you have a camp stove), flushing a commode, and washing. Whether it's preparedness for floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, or fires, the key to survival in disasters is planning.

Natural disasters such as earthquake, hurricane, tornado, winter storms, and floods can pose big issues to your life and assets.
One long-term survival kit for your home, while other short term kit having supplies for two to five days in your car is important.
Everyone is important in times of emergency disaster, but the most important people that must be secured first are kids.
Use our preparedness section to stay informed, make a plan, and most importantly—remain safe in an emergency. Preparing for a natural disaster doesn’t have to cripple your budget, so purchasing a few items at a time will help you be prepared for any type of disaster. It’s wise that you prepare separate guidelines, and checklist so you’ll get to understand the things that you have to bring and to do when preparing for disaster. After last natural disaster that occurred in Japan you might want to stop and think about whether you and your family are ready for an earthquake of that magnitude. Just in case disaster arrives while you are away from home, you should have supplements in your carcase. You could buy a ready set of it instead of collecting the things that must be included on your kit which is a hassle-free preparation for some especially to working moms and fathers. Not all earthquakes are considered natural disasters but some can cause complete havoc and chaos all around you.
And it doesn't matter if you are coastal or not - every place has its potential for some type of disaster.
Immediately after a disaster stores, banks and all other businesses will be closed thus you will not be able to purchase what you need even if you have access to your money. Don’t delay in preparing for a natural disaster since they will not be waiting for you to be ready. Disability Resource Group provides education and resources for people with disabilities on preparing for an emergency. During those times, especially the blizzard of 2000 (missed a week of school) and Hurricane Isabel (missed a week of school, half the county still out of power for a month even though they got the schools running quickly).
During Hurricane Isabel, my family was out of power for 3 days and we were out of school 4 days. So, I for one, don't think it's necessary all teachers learn this because in some cases, such as having no power, it would be useless.

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