Your family may prepare for a lot of different disasters over the years, but with changing homes and family member’s ages, your family emergency plan should probably be changing all the time. There are a lot of ways you can stock up on certain items in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. In fact, there are official government websites which encourage families to prepare for the possibility of a disaster ahead of time. Most also give helpful advice on how to prepare for just about anything. The following are just a few things you might have forgotten to include in your plan.
Out-Of-Town Emergency Contact
When we are asked to list an emergency contact for work or just about any other purpose, most of us select our spouse or some other family member. While this works for most instances, it is also a good idea to have an emergency contact who lives out-of-town. This contact will be less likely to be directly impacted by the same natural disaster in your local area.
Let the person you select know you have selected them as your emergency contact. They ought to know what is expected of them in the event they are called upon to help out after a disaster.
Emergency Meeting Spot
If your house is on fire or has felt the effects of an earthquake or similar disaster, you probably want to have a meeting place where you can gather with your family. When you have a spot planned out ahead of time, there is less confusion about what is going on and where everyone is expected to meet. All family members should know where the spot is, how to get there, and even the phone number of the place if it is an establishment of some kind.
Teach Young Children How to Use 9-1-1
Everyone in the house should know how to call and talk to 9-1-1 when they need to. There is always a chance that a young child might be the only one available to call for help if a parent or older sibling is incapacitated or in need of medical attention. They may not understand the magnitude of calling that number. At the same time, they may need to be educated about when to not dial the number as well. Some modern home security systems will automatically dial authorities during a break-in or natural disaster, but they might also have a feature where kids can discreetly call for help with the push of a button. Have a lesson together and teach them how to recite their address quickly.
All of these planning tips will help you be better prepared for any kind of disaster no matter what it is or when it happens. When you realize what is at stake in terms of the safety of your family, it is a no-brainer that you should be doing everything you can to prepare yourself and them ahead of time.