Mother Nature can strike at any moment, and being ready for her fury can not only help save the lives of your family and yourself, but also the lives of others. Recently there has been an increase in reports of natural disasters all over the world.
Disasters like the earthquakes in Japan and the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri make being prepared essential to your family’s safety. Here are some suggestions:
- Sit your family down and have a family meeting. Discussing ways to escape from natural disasters, evacuation plans and locations of relative safety will let everyone feel included in the fight for your family’s safety. They may be able to come up with locations, plans or ideas that you haven’t thought of, and having a family meeting is the best way to make everyone aware of the family’s plan of action for disaster. Other ideas on how to be prepared for the worst can be found at places like Canada 411.
2. Assign specific duties. Assigning duties for specific family members is a great way to help everyone get involved and feel important, as well as divvying up the responsibilities on your shoulders. Everyone should have their own task. For instance, someone should be in charge of headcount of the entire family once you reach a safe place.
3. Write down the plan! Keeping track of exactly what your plan is for every situation is integral! Keep it where everyone can see it and knows where it is.