In honor of September being National Preparedness Month, Titan Security Group would like to provide some helpful tips on how to keep you and your family prepared for national disasters and emergency situations.
Below are three simple steps to take to prepare your household in the event of a natural disaster or emergency situation.
Step 1: Create an Emergency Kit
This emergency kit should be easy to carry and filled with basic necessities, such as:
- Discuss the emergency kit with all members of your household to ensure that the location of the kit is accessible and known to all.
- If including any additional items in your emergency kit, make sure to inform all members of your household.
- Designate a member of your household to be responsible for grabbing the emergency kit in the face of an emergency.
Step 2: Create an Action Plan
Stress levels are heightened during natural disasters/emergency situations. To eliminate some of that stress, and further prepare your household, the following step should be put into place.
- Meet with all members of your household to discuss the importance of creating an action plan and the necessary steps each person should take in order to exit the house
- Assign specific responsibilities to members of your household and take turns practicing those responsibilities
- Decide on a place for members of your household to meet in case of separation during a natural disaster/emergency situation.
- (Ex.) If a house fire occurs, you could plan to meet in front of your neighbor’s house across the street, as it would be a safe distance away from the fire and close enough in proximity to eliminate further separation
- Practice your action plan once every 6 months to ensure that all members of your household remember their assigned tasks and know your designated meeting place.
Step 3: Stay Informed
- It is essential to know which local disasters are prone to occurring in your area, as it will help you accurately prepare your emergency kit and action plan.
- Download the local weather app on your mobile device and sign up for alerts and warnings in your area
- Visit the website for local weather, or watch the news on a regular basis to stay on top of weather changes
- Create a group message with all household members included to aid in communication before, during, and after the natural disaster/emergency situation
- Make sure all of your smoke detectors are working and properly installed
- Check your carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are properly installed and are not expired
Completion of these three simple steps will help to keep your household prepared during a natural disaster or emergency situation. See more tips at https://www.ready.gov/september.