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what to do before, during, and after a natural disaster

Do you know what to do during a tornado or earthquake? Or what about after the disaster? While we hope you won’t ever need it, this guide will help you stay focused on what you should do before, during and after an emergency. 

BEFORE

Make a Plan

Before any moment of a disaster starts, you must always be prepared and create a plan for both you and your family. While it is important to prepare a survival kit, there are other things to consider. 

  • Keep your family’s most important documents such as birth certificates, passports, and social security cards in a safe place. Create a digital copy of all the important documents and store them on a flash drive. 
  • Make sure you have a well-stocked bag that will contain all the necessary items you need for at least three days to a week. 
  • Create an escape route from your home and choose a safe place where everyone agrees to meet up if something might happen. Whether it is a fire or a burglar, everyone should know the fastest way to get out of the house safely. 
  • Make your family familiar with evacuation routes and shelters. 
  • Make sure you’re familiar with your emergency plan at your office and be aware of the meet-up locations. 
  • Prepare our home. If you have the chance, board up all your windows with sturdy materials like plywood or install storm shutters. Be sure to secure the roof and protect the siding to your frame with strengthened straps. 

Learn the Warning Signs

While they’re only so much you can do to prepare your home, here’s what you can do: 

DURING

Make Safety and Escape Your Top Priority. While you may be left facing the inevitable, there are some things you can do to keep safe here are some things you can do. 

  • Listen to the emergency radio. This is the only way to stay up to date on your location and the surrounding area. Pay attention to the emergency services and listen to the emergency radio to make better decisions to keeping safe. 
  • For drivers: do not pass through bridges, highways, or standing water that you cannot see the bottom. Don’t risk your vehicle and your life. Be smart, pull over and get to safer ground. 
  • For commuters: do not walk in bridge bridges, take escalators, or walk through moving water. A sudden rush or brisk of wind can make you fell. 
  • Get to higher grounds. If you feel that there is a possibility of a tsunami or flash flood, don’t wait for instructions. Get your stuff and reach higher ground as soon as possible. Making quick moves will be the difference between life and death. 
  • Prepare your home. While this is meant to be before the disaster, turn off all utilities and move your values to the safest spot. Make sure you know where the gas tank, water tank, and power valves are located. Disconnect any appliances you can and keep away from wires, plugs, and other electrical equipment. 

AFTER

While you may be reaching the safe moments after the disaster, you may be eager get up and start moving. Keep in mind that the damage outdoors and indoors will feel sensitive and even dangerous to get close it.

  • Don’t walk into moving water or bridges.
  • Keep your ears on the radio and stay off the roads.
  • Don’t move until you’re certain you are out of the danger zone. Natural disasters can be destructive. This means you have a chance of not being able to return to your home until after the danger has completely passed.
  • Contact emergency services once you’re out. Don’t wait for someone one to find you. Be the first to get out and get your family to a safe spot.
  • Contact your insurance company and any other relevant home agencies to let them know about the damage to your home.
  • If you must evacuate, try to collect all valuable items such as records, documents, and any other irreplaceable items. Always be sure to assess the damage and have photos to show your insurance company.

Conclusion

We hope you will never need to use this guide in your own experience but rather have it as a preparedness guide to help you through many disasters. Be sure to have your contacts of family, friends, and others who may still need help. 

Are you prepared for any disaster? Do you find it hard to make preparations? Is there anything we missed that you think we should add to the list? Comment below and let us know! 

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