15 Steps to Be Prepared for a Natural Disaster

Article from: http://www.thehartford.com
Natural disasters don’t happen every day but, when they hit, the repercussions can be severe.  Planning ahead, when possible, can make a difference, and the planning process doesn’t have to be difficult.   It does take time – which most of us would prefer to spend on more pleasant activities. But the payoff in terms of life safety, reduced stress and a smoother recovery is well worth sacrificing a little free time.
Follow The ABCs of Disaster Planning below to create your plan
Action: Take It!
  1. Know which disasters you are at risk for and how best to prepare for them.
  2. Plan for the possibility that you may have to evacuate your home.
  3. Set up your support network.
  4. Evaluate the risks, abilities and needs of everyone in your household and adjust your plan accordingly.
  5. Make a plan for your pets.
Belongings: Know Them!
  1. Create a home inventory. Start by going room to room with a video or still camera to make a visual record of your belongings.
  2. Prepare a written list to accompany your visual record.
  3. Keep receipts for valuable items and write on your inventory list their make, model, serial number, date of purchase, and other relevant information.
  4. Store a copy of whatever documentation you create away from your home.
  5. Update the inventory periodically.
Connections: Make Them!
  1. Have family conversations about disasters and how you will support each other.
  2. Broaden your support network to include neighbors.
  3. Be specific with others in your network about the tasks that need to be done and who will do them.
  4. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if needed, and reach out to others to offer your help.
  5. Adjust your support network after a major life event, such as a divorce or moving.
For more details on the ABC’s of disaster planning, download (or order) your free copy of It Could Happen to Me: Family Conversations About Disaster Planning.