Natural disasters. They can strike quickly and without warning. Leaving a lot of heartache, anxiety, and turmoil in their wake. But despite all of this, there is a way to help your family cope if you should ever find yourself going through something like a flood, earth quake, or hurricane. And luckily, helping your family prepare for any upcoming natural disasters is super easy. Just use the steps we’ve outlined for you below as a guide, and you will be able to give your family the best protection for any natural disaster they may go through.
How to Help your Family Cope with Natural Disasters
1) Get Informed
Take some time to educate yourself and your family on the potential natural disasters that could happen where you live. Making sure to go over what each natural disaster will consist of, how to prepare, and what warning system(s) your community has.
2) Plan, Plan, Plan
Frequently meet with your family to go over what to do in the face of a natural disaster by doing the following…
- Discuss the types of natural disasters that could occur in your area and go over what to do in each scenario.
- Go over what to do if you have to be evacuated.
- Plan a family meeting place (i.e. in the front yard, at a friend’s house, outside of the neighborhood, etc.).
- Ask an out-of-state or out-of-town friend/family member to be your emergency contact once your natural disaster is over.
- Learn what the emergency plans for where your family spends times (church, work, school, etc.).
- Decide what the best escape routes are in your home and community.
- Find safe spots that are in your homes for different disasters.
3) Gather Supplies
Make sure your food storage, 72 hr. kits and any other survival supplies are present and up to date.
*NOTE-Use the PREPIFY APP to help you build up your food storage, and create 72 hr kits for every member of your family.
4) Practice and Maintain
- Teach children how to call 911.
- Freshen up on your first aid and CPR skills.
- Test your fire alarm every month.
- Review family disaster plan every six months.
- Replace batteries in smoke alarms every year.
- Replace food items, clothing, and water in your disaster/72 hour kits every year.
Natural disasters will be one of the hardest things your family will experience. But when you take the time, to prepare, plan, and practice; you can sleep a little easier at night knowing that your family will be able to thrive in anything situation that may come their way.