Disaster preparedness, is crucial. Based on guidelines issued by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), how to be prepared for disaster is presented in a clear and concise way in the above video created by Honeywell International.  An excellent overview of the many different aspects of disaster preparedness is provided in a practical way that can be easily implemented.

The video addresses how crucial it is in today’s times that we prepare our home and family in the event of an unexpected emergency situation.

Discuss possible emergencies with your family or loved ones, such as severe weather, earthquakes, etc.  Members of your household need to know how what to do in the event of an actual emergency.  Each family member should be aware of where to go to find the “safe spot” in your home for the different types of emergencies that may be experienced in your area.

One suggestion made is to have a floor plan of your house drawn out with escape routes for emergencies  where that may be needed.  Be sure to determine a location for family members to have a meeting place during or after an emergency.  For example, a meeting place during a fire emergency should be close to your home.  For other emergency situations, designate a meeting place away from the neighborhood in case it is not possible to return to your home.

Teach children how to dial 911 and be sure to keep a list of emergency phone numbers next to your telephones.  Have your children memorize the phone number of a local friend or family member, as well as someone that lives out of state, who can be called in case you become separated during a disaster.

Each member of your household also needs to know how to turn off the water, gas, or electricity at the main switches.

First aid and CPR classes are a wise investment because in the event of a major disaster emergency medical assistance will most likely be unavailable and you may need to know how to handle an injury.

Summary of FEMA’s Emergency Checklist:

Home Emergency Kit
Keep your disaster supply kit in a backpack or duffle bag to make it easy to carry.

Bottled water (one gallon – per person, per day) – Replace every six months
Non-perishable, packaged or canned food
Non-electric can opener
Change of clothing for each family member (include rain gear & sturdy shoes)
Blankets or sleeping bags
Battery powered radio
Flashlight
Batteries
Credit cards & cash
Extra set of car keys
Special items needed for infants or disabled family members
First aid kit that also contains:
Prescription medications
Extra prescription glasses, if applicable
List of family physicians
List of important family information (i.e. style and serial number of medical devices like a pacemaker)

Car Emergency Kit
A battery powered radio
A flashlight
Extra batteries.
An emergency blanket
A shovel
Booster cables
A fire extinguisher
First Aid Kit
Bottled Water
Non-perishable food
Maps
Flares
Tire repair kit & pump

What To Do If You Need To Evacuate
Locate the nearest emergency shelter by listening to a battery powered radio
Follow instructions given by local officials, such as travel routes, shutting off utilities, etc.
Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes
Bring along your disaster supply kit
If possible, lock your home

If time allows, do the following:
Let your outside contact person know when you evacuated & where you’re going
Make arrangements for your pet, many public shelters do not allow animals

Preparing for disaster is an important safeguard for you and your loved ones. Hopefully you won’t need to use this disaster preparedness information, but when you plan for emergency you will be ready and equipped with the information and supplies that will help keep your family safe.