There are a lot of worries that come with home disaster, but the only thing we want you to worry about is your family. Keeping everyone safe during a disaster should be the absolute only thing on your mind. Having a plan in place is the best way to ensure safety in the event of a disaster. Panic never helps the situation. Here are some tips to create a family disaster plan so that you are prepared and ready to take on even the nastiest of disasters.
Be in the Know
The first step to any preparedness plan is to know what you are up against. While everyone is at risk for home fires and floods, certain areas are prone to different disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornadoes. You can always make a general disaster plan, but it is nice to be prepared for specific events as well.
Depending on the severity of the disaster, you may need to make plans for emergency shelter, meeting places if you need to evacuate the home, and what to do if the family gets separated. Topics for discussion will depend greatly on the type of disaster. Do your research so you know what the most and least likely situations could be.
Knowledge is power, my friends. By doing your research and preparing your home and family for these events you will save yourself a lot of worry, and could even be saving lives.
Everyone has a Job
When you have a general plan in place it is important to delegate. Not only to save yourself the panic of trying to do everything, but to keep everyone else from panicking as well. With a specific role in place, it leaves little time for nerves. Not to mention, with everyone lending a hand the goal of safety will be met more smoothly and quickly.
The types of jobs will vary depending on the dynamic of your family. Be sure that everyone has a job no matter how small! The jobs should be designed to keep everyone safe. For example, a job could be to simply have a buddy and to make sure your buddy is safe and not alone. Communication can be difficult during hectic situations so it is important that these roles are defined ahead of time.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice is especially important in a home with children. By practicing frequently, you can ensure that you and your family won’t crack under the pressure that inevitably comes with the situations you are preparing for. Keeping calm is of key importance and can help make for a more positive outcome. Practices can be made into a game- but be careful not to make light of the situation. You can make it into a race, or a competition of sorts to encourage your children to complete their tasks to the best of their ability. Practice can also help you prepare for varying situations. This is the best way to make sure everyone is on the same page and knows exactly what is expected of them.
Once you and your family are safe, let us at Sunrise Cleaning and Restoration help return your home to its former glory. We want to take the worry off your shoulders so you can keep what’s really important in your focus. We are available 24/7 in emergency situations. Contact us for an estimate, or with any questions you may have!