In Case of Emergency Preparation: How to Be Ready for an Emergency
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2020 and 2021 were record-breaking years for weather and climate-related disasters. From extreme heat, droughts, and floods to severe storms and wildfires, natural disasters were widespread.
According to Climate.gov, in the last two years, 40+ different billion-dollar disasters occurred in the U.S. alone.
Disasters and other emergencies are not something anyone wants to experience. But no one is immune.
Yet, many of us need to prepare.
A recent survey indicates that over half of us don’t have basic supplies to withstand a natural disaster. That’s not to mention an emergency plan and adequate insurance.
‘In case of emergency preparation’ benefits everyone. It helps keep you and your family safe in a crisis. And it can lessen the psychological impact of a traumatic event.
So, if you’re among those who feel unprepared, read on.
Below are five basic steps to prepare for an emergency. They include an emergency plan, emergency kit, family meeting, insurance review, and more.
In Case of Emergency Preparation
How you prepare for an emergency isn’t as important as getting started. Even if you don’t get everything done right away, it’s better to be somewhat ready than not ready at all.
As you prepare, consider your family’s unique circumstances and needs. For example, location, health, medical issues, age, and even finances could factor into your plan.
#1 Make an emergency plan.
Consider the types of emergencies most likely to occur where you live. For example,
- Are you in a flood-prone area?
- Do you live in a region that experiences earthquakes, tornadoes, or hurricanes?
- Do wildfires or extreme heat pose a threat?
See FEMA’s National Risk Index and learn about risk factors in your area.