Natural Disaster Preparation
Over the last few days, millions have taken to the road and highways to get away from natural disasters, including the hurricanes in the southeast and fiery forest fires across the Northwest and Montana. Some may have thought– “That will never happen to me” or “We’ll be fine, it’s just media-hype!” before they found themselves in the midst of catastrophic natural disasters.
Hurricane Irma, projected to stay out at sea, turned and decimated parts of Florida and the Caribbean. Texas was drowned in the waters of Hurricane Harvey. It’s estimated that physical damages done by natural disasters, in 2017 alone, will be the costliest the United States has ever seen and may take years to recover from!
What To Do in the Event of a Natural Disaster?
Natural disasters don’t just occur in one season or only through Tornado Alley! With 130+ earthquake rumblings going on in Idaho, and over a dozen active forest fires in the usually green northwest, emergency preparedness and road safety can be a challenge in every season! When disaster hits, chances are, you may not be able to stay in your home until the area has been deemed safe.
Your automobile may be your ticket to safety and the fastest means of escape. FEMA recommends having an emergency kit in your car, as well as your house, in the event there are desperate situations.
How to Build an Emergency Kit
There are several aspects to safety and being prepared, beginning before a crisis happens. Assess your vehicle, size of family, and personal needs. Consider these few suggestions of what to include in your emergency kit.
Basic First Aid Kit Should Include:
- Absorbent Pads for Bleeding
- Antiseptic Wipes
- Nitrile Gloves
- Burn Ointment
- CPR Mask
- Scissors/Safety Pins
- Sprain Bandages & Splint
- Aspirin/Pain Relievers
- Duct Tape
- Neosporin Packets
Tool Kit—best stored in a rolled handy pouch:
- Work Gloves
- Wire Ties
- Locking Pliers
- Adjustable Wrench
- 6-in-1 Screwdriver
- Ratchet and Sockets
- Hex Keys
- Tire Gauge
- Aerosol Foam Tire Sealant
Safety Kit—best stored in a backpack, and could include:
- Folding Shovel
- Bungee Cords
- Container of Kitty Litter
- Jumper Cables
- Fire Extinguisher
- Dust Masks (N95 or N100 ratings)
- Road Flares
- Infant/Pet Supplies
- Water Bottles
That’s Not All, Folks! – More Emergency Kit Ideas
Another great idea for your emergency kit is to make copies of important documents–like birth certificates, social security cards, bank account numbers, insurance policies, and other important records—and put them in a Food Saver pouch and seal them. They will be water-proof and airtight. Place them in the emergency backpack, with the peace of mind, that you’ll have that information needed to start reparations, if something should happen.
Some may look at the list and question a few of the items. These are suggestions and should be personalized to meet your specific needs. If you have pets or small children, make sure that you have supplies on hand to meet their needs as well. Whether you’re traveling away from floods, heeding a tsunami warning, or are in the wake of freak weather conditions, a key factor in staying safe is to be prepared ahead of time. View more safety tips.
Car Accidents Happen When You Least Expect Them
People get in a hurry when there’s an emergency or are under stress. Every year, there are an endless number of accidents and fatalities related to rain, storms, and inclement conditions. Some accidents may even classified as “Acts of God”–unpreventable situations due to natural disasters, like hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, and fire. But many common factors that may lead to unfortunate circumstances can be prevented with a little preparation long before situations become urgent–things like poor brakes, worn-out windshield wiper blades, bald tires, excessive speed for weather conditions, or risky behaviors and poor judgment.
Making an Emergency Escape Plan
One way to start your preparation is by creating an emergency escape plan for you and your family. Think beyond your house; plan a variety of “escape” routes for different situations–including for work, school, “acts of God”-like what we’ve seen in Florida and Texas. Fire departments encourage this kind of activity well before a fire ever happens. Preparation, planning, and commonsense can go a long way in preventing negligible circumstances and unneeded stress.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident, don’t hesitate to contact Fielding Law Group today for help.
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