Basic Disaster Readiness for the Home

Simple and convenient steps everyone should take
Updated 12jul17

Power outages, fires, floods, earthquakes, wind, and storms can interrupt utilities, phones, stores, ATMs, and travel. You can be forced to leave your home because of flooding, sewage backflow, fire, chemical accident, or terrorist threat. These things occur when you are least prepared. This is an inexpensive common sense preparation document. It will help your commute and vacations.

The large disaster relief organizations can provide basic relief for a lot of people, but need a few days to get set up. Wise people are prepared to handle problems on their own for 3 days to a week.

Don't buy any survival kits or anything you are not familiar with. After the power goes out is not the time to try something new. Don't waste your money buying "special survival food". It will probably get old before you need it. Just keep your regular canned goods stocked.

This is not a complete guide to preparation; it is only to give you a starting place. Experience, training and special equipment provide better preparation. And nothing is better than common sense (which doesn't seem to be very common).

The most effective way to prepare is to have good friends and neighbors. And that means being a good friend to your neighbors. The people who are well connected socially to those nearby do the best when disaster strikes. The only thing better is to be part of a neighborhood group that prepares for disaster together.

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cooperate with these preparations
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or children living on their own
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with your parents



Why most planning is simple

Most people do the wrong thing when confronted with a disaster. This is their first time in the situation, they aren't ready for it, and they need to decide what to do under stress. Most often, they choose incorrectly, compounding the problem.
Making simple plans and preparations that can be used for any disaster, large or small improves your situation a great deal.



To prepare for trouble


Plan ahead


Get everybody ready


Get the house ready


Get the supplies ready

Supplies for people

Food & water

Sanitation

Illumination

Stay warm

Tools

Other supplies


Get the electronics ready


Get everything else ready


Live ready


Last minute preparations



Your preparation needs will differ. Go over this list once a year to make sure you are still prepared.



See also

Preparing for others Home emergency kits
For kids Zip kits
Preparing at work 72-hour kits
Preparing your car During & afterwards
Spiritual disaster readiness
Scarves <coming soon>
People you live with won't cooperate House Fire Prevention


This information was downloaded from http://www.FamilyReady.org