Is your Family Prepared for Disaster?

Most disasters happen with little or no warning. You never know a disaster will strike at you and your family. Being prepared and having a plan for different potential disasters may help minimize the damage done to you and your family. Knowing what to do is your best protection. Here at Ally1 we would like so share some tips on how to be prepared for different disasters in St. George.

Learn what disasters and emergencies can occur in your area.

You can contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter to has and what they sound like. Find out what the disaster plans are for your workplace, school

Have a Family Disaster Plan

Create a Family Disaster Plan and practice it often. Keep your plan simple and easy to remember and follow. Family Disaster Plans are a family effort and everyone must know their part in it. Explain the dangers of each type of disasters you can face. By discussing and practicing your Family Disaster Plan in advance when disaster strikes, it will allow everyone to be calm and focus on the plan.

Make sure you have at least 2 meeting places for your family incase everyone is not together. They should be familiar with the locations and know the address. Separation may be unavoidable when a disaster strikes if you are at work or your kids are at school.

Have an emergency contact that is outside of the disaster area. Family members should be able to call the emergency contact to tell them where they are and what the situation is. All of your family members should know your emergency contacts name, number and address.

Maintain and Prepare items for Emergencies

If possible make sure to have emergency packs with essentials available to grab at a moments notice. Keep stored food and water. Also restock after six months to keep goods refreshed. Check your smoke alarms every month and run test on them to insure they are working well. Replace batteries if needed. The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has recommended that you change out your fire alarms every ten years. Also make sure to test all fire extinguishers.

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