Disasters can happen to anyone at any given time. Hurricanes, tornadoes, heatwaves, and other storms have occurred and left many people without power, shelter or basic necessities for long periods of time. Although you cannot predict these disasters, you can anticipate and prepare in the case that one does occur. Are you prepared?
Natural disasters and life-changing events have seen a dramatic increase over the past decade. These events can destroy property and affect you and your family in a large way. We want you to have a plan in place before a disaster strikes.
Our very own Dayton, Ohio was hit by a tornado outbreak that was the worst natural disaster to hit the area since the infamous 1913 flood. This series of tornadoes left thousands without homes, clothing, food, and other necessities for months. Not only were individuals plagued by this situation, but businesses were destroyed as well, and the storms caused $1 billion in total damage. It is important to note that without proper materials to survive, some of these people and businesses would have struggled more so than they already did.
We believe that it should not take a disaster to strike for you to take action. Create a plan just in case something like this were to happen to you. To create a plan, you will want to prepare supplies that can last at least a week – maybe even longer. In certain circumstances, vital services provided by authorities and first responders may take days to restore.
First off, you should create a family emergency plan and make your family members aware of it. Additionally, you should be practicing this plan often to ensure that in the case of an emergency, you will be well prepared. Secondly, be sure that you are aware of the various emergencies that can occur within your community and stay up to date on appropriate responses to these events. Oftentimes, communities have an emergency planning board or committee. Consider involving yourself in these types of groups. You can be certain that you will know the proper way to handle these situations and can also allow yourself to make others aware of these processes as well. This process is likely continuously changing, so by being involved, you will be properly aware of any new changes, ideas, or protocols regarding emergency planning.
Aside from being properly aware of certain processes and protocols, you should consider taking various other actions. For example, being CPR and first aid trained is a great way to ensure your safety and the safety of others as well.
Also, having an emergency supply kit can prove to be very helpful in the event of a disaster. The American Red Cross recommends a basic starter kit of water, food, battery powered radio, flashlight, first aid kit, prescription medication, cash, blankets, lighters, extra batteries, whistles, moist towelettes, local map and extra chargers for your mobile devices.
The most important part of assembling your supply kit is determining your family’s specific needs. You can customize your kit to family members’ ages, medical conditions, physical limitations and even pets.
As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to The Uhl Agency at (937) 434-9090.