You are driving in your car when the newsflash comes across your radio. There is a potentially dangerous storm headed you way. Or torrential rains are causing massive flooding. Or a huge power outage has swept the region, leaving you without heat or light. Or perhaps all three have collided… now what do you do?
Disaster comes in many forms, but someday, with little or no warning, you may find yourself faced with surviving a catastrophe, either large or small. The question is, if disaster strikes, will you be ready? You may be on your own without help or outside resources for 72 hours. Three days. That is the standard that emergency management organizations and first responders say it may take them to get up and running after a large-scale disaster.You may think you’re prepared, but are you really? Do you have the tools and means necessary to make it through?
There are three basic ways to be prepared for a crisis or natural disaster, whether it be a large-scale calamity, like a hurricane or earthquake, that could interrupt services in a broader region, or something smaller like a bridge collapse or landslide that leaves your community cut off from services and supplies.
Know the risks and have a plan:
The first step to being preparedis knowing what you need to prepare for. Researching and understanding what kind of disasters or risks may occur in your areawill give you an idea of what kind of a disaster plan you need to have. An important part of knowing the risks includes being aware of your surroundings and being able to get information ahead of time; this is especially for natural events like a storm or flooding. If you live in an area prone to flooding or landslides, you should pay close attention when you hear about that storm headed your way that is predicted to dump loads of rain on you. If you live in an area prone to severe weather you should keep in mind storms may be more common during certain seasons.