How To Prepare For A Disaster
A disaster is a sudden event, such as an accident or a
natural catastrophe, that causes great damage or loss of
life. Knowing how to prepare for a disaster
and taking all the right precautions to protect yourself and you
loved ones can
give you peace of mind. You should plan and make preparations
well in advance of the disaster.
Disaster Equipment & Supplies You Need
Buy these items well before the disaster arrives.
- Emergency power generator (Emergency
- Survival kit/ bug out bags (Executive 72-hour Kit with Solar Upgrade)
- Food (MRE's)
- Water (Water Filters, Purifiers and Storage)
- Emergency lights (Emergency Lighting)
- Emergency radio (Emergency Radios)
- Two large coolers: One for drinks & one for food
- Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for your
Disaster Emergency Kits
Make, stock up or verify the fully stocked status of each of your
- Car back pack, car first aid kit (first
), auto tool kit (tool
- Emergency evacuation backpack
- Food emergency kit
- Dog/pet emergency kit
- Disaster emergency Kit - (72-hour Survival Kits) Make sure your
disaster kit includes:
Flashlights & extra bulbs, Battery-operated radio, Battery-operated
lanterns, Batteries (in different sizes!), Matches, First aid kit, Duct
tape, Rain gear,
Clock (wind-up or battery-powered), Plastic garbage bags, Fire
extinguisher, Scissors, Can Opener, Clean clothes, Extra blankets, Heavy
Make a disaster plan. Know when and what you are going
to do in advance of an oncoming disaster.
Make a family communications
Identify and pre-plan disaster
evacuation routes. Determine
where you would go and how you would get there if you need
Find out how to keep food safe during and after and
Make sure each member of your family knows what to do no
matter where they are when an disaster occurs.
Establish a meeting place where you can all reunite
Transportation may be disrupted after an
emergency supplies (food, liquids, comfortable shoes) at
work, in your car and at home.
Make sure all family members know where your gas,
electric and water main shutoff valves are and how to turn
Identify your closest fire and police stations and
emergency medical facility.
Coordinate your emergency disaster plans with your
TAKE Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training Course.
Prepare Your Car For A Disaster
- Perform maintenance on your car to make sure it's
"ready to go" in case you have to evacuate. Check tire
pressure, oil level, radiator level, washer level.
Verify car running condition.
- Fill your tank up with gas.
- Get spare gas cans and fill them up in case of gas
shortage after the disaster.
- Park your car in the garage, sheltered location or
the most protected and highest elevated ground possible.
- Secure all of your cars important paperwork to
- Verify car contents. Fully equip your car. See
What Should I Keep In My Car?
Disaster Important Documents
Verify important documents and place in a portable and waterproof
container. As backup, scan and save your documents on a flash drive, website
other secure storage system and store in a safe location. Update or take new pictures of yard, house, house contents and car
contents and backup computer files. Email important documents to self or a friend.
- Photo copies of prescriptions
- Emergency preparedness manual
- Photo identification
- Proof of occupancy of residence (utility bills)
- Medical history or information
- Waterproof container for document storage
- Back-up disks of your home computer files
- Camera & film & spare batteries for camera
- Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card,
copy of will, family records
- Important telephone numbers and contact information
- Inventory, pictures and receipts of valuable household goods
Before The Disaster
- Double check your emergency kits and supplies (food, water, flashlights, weather
radio, batteries, etc.)
- Identify battery powered appliances and tools and
stock up on all applicable batteries. Fully charge all
chargeable batteries (Solar Battery Charger)
- Get extra cash. Get small bills, ones, 5's, 10's,
20's and 50's at the bank.
- Put important documents in a waterproof container or
- Plan for your pets.
- Monitor emergency broadcasts and be ready to evacuate.
- Stock up on ice.
- Fill all bottles, bathtubs and containers with water. This is a neat
bathtub water storage device.. waterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage.
- Verify Clorox in house.
- Verify firearm and ammo supplies (if
- Wash all clothing and sheets.
- Verify pet medications, if applicable.
- Verify prescription supplies, if applicable (enough
for one month)
- Check pet friendly shelters and hotels (just in
- Call family and friends to notify of intentions.
- Verify supply of tape/tapes
- Verify supply of tarps and roofing nails for
repairs after the disaster.
- Make/buy ice. Stock your freezer and coolers.
- Move furniture away from windows.
- Extra supply of medicines for each family member
- Waterproof, heavy-duty plastic bags for waste
Disaster Preparations - Shopping
Food & Water - Pack non-perishable food for each
person for 3-7 days. Bottled water (1
gallon/person/day). Bottled juice. Canned foods.
Remember you pets.
Stock up on food, including.
Crackers â€¢ Bread â€¢ Food bars â€¢ Candy â€¢ Canned juice
â€¢ Soup â€¢ Dried fruit and nuts â€¢ Cereal â€¢ Protein powder
â€¢ Oatmeal â€¢ Batteries â€¢ Dog food â€¢ Powdered milk
After The Disaster
Continue listening for the
Expect more rain and possible
flooding even after the disaster has ended.
Stay off the streets. If you
must go out watch dangers including fallen objects,
downed electrical wires and wild animals.
Drive only if necessary and
avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
Walk carefully around the
outside your home and inspect for damage. Take pictures
of damage, both of the building and its contents, for
Watch your pets closely and keep
them under your direct control.
Watch out for wild animals,
especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through
Avoid drinking tap water or
preparing food with it until you are sure itâ€™s not
Check refrigerated food for
Wear protective clothing and be
cautious when cleaning up.