Basic Disaster Preparedness Information

 

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A disaster can hit at any time, and if you want to keep yourself and loved ones around you safe it is important that you have all of the necessary information available to survive the disaster in the first place.

Generally there are two types of disasters: natural disasters, and man-made disasters. Natural disasters include: hurricanes, typhoons, floods, and volcanic eruptions.

Man-made disasters on the other hand can include: biological attacks, hazardous materials incidents, nuclear,  and even terrorist attacks. As In any disaster, with the right training it is possible to keep yourself and your family safe.

 Below Are Some Guidelines To Help Prep For A Disaster

1 – Top of the list is make an emergency supplies kit for the entire family. Your supplies should include complete changes of clothes for each member of the family, at least a couple of gallons of water for each family member, torches (spare batteries) or rechargeable LED lamps, food supplies (tinned or dry is best) that won’t spoil easily even without refrigeration, personal documents such as bank account records, birth certificates, extra cash (not credit cards), sleeping bags, Basic tools,(should include knife,axe,) radio, blankets, mattresses, pillows, and any medication that you or any other family member may need.

2 – As in any disaster, it is important that you are aware of any public announcements, or bulletins, from the local authorities. By local authorities, we refer to emergency services personnel, such as the police, military, or fire service.

Local agencies would transmit bulletins over the radio, television, and internet to inform the public of any changes in the situation.

3 – Should you have to drive to a safe location during a disaster, try to ensure sure that the roads, and any other areas that you might be passing through, are safe before proceeding. Avoid driving through flooded areas where ever possible. If you really have to do it, make sure you measure just how deep the flood is.

Water which is more than six inches in height, has been known to stall, and even carry away sports utility vehicles. Never underestimate the power of muddy water, because you can really get hurt or killed doing it.

4 – In the event of a man-made disaster (such as a biological attack, or a hazardous materials incident), where ever possible try to stay at a location that is up-wind. Chemical and biological agents can travel through the air, so it is best to avoid the affected areas until the authorities announce that the emergency is over.

Should you or any member of your family come into contact with hazardous waste or any biological agent, get to any hospital’s emergency unit and have yourself checked out. This is the only way that you can be sure that you are safe, and that you won’t need any special procedures after you have been exposed.