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5 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe During a Natural Disaster

By    |   Thursday, 02 Nov 2017 10:44 AM

From heatwaves to hurricanes, America has seen its fair share of natural disasters over the last year and there’s likely more to come.

Our first concern in an emergency situation is usually the safety of our families, so here’s a quick look at five ways you can keep your family safe during a natural disaster:

1. Educate your family about warning signs According to Daily Mom, the first step in preparing for natural disasters is to understand severe weather patterns.

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It’s a good idea for you and your children to learn how these work so you can recognize warning signs and any terms your local news agency may use as warnings ahead of time.

The American Academy of Pediatrics also suggests teaching children what to do when they recognize these warning signs, how to call for help, and what to do if they get separated from their family.

2. Prepare a disaster supply kit — The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it’s important to build and maintain a disaster supply kit to keep on hand should it be needed.

Your kit should include enough food and water to last at least three days, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, first aid supplies, and any medication your family members may need, warm clothes and blankets, plastic sheeting to make a temporary shelter, a tool kit, and a manual can opener for non-perishable foods.

Daily Mom points out that you’ll need to have at least one gallon of water per person per day to survive.

3. Have an emergency plan and make sure your family knows itAccording to Lifehacker, it’s important to work out an escape route from your home and a plan for if something should happen while you’re away from your residence. Essentially, you need to know the fastest way to get out of a dangerous situation.

Daily Mom also suggests keeping your gas tank full so you can get away faster in the event of an impending hurricane or tornado.

The American Academy of Pediatrics adds that you should practice your disaster plan at least every six months to make sure children understand and remember it.

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4. Take advantage of technology— According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, your phone is a useful tool in disaster situations. It’s a great way to stay in contact with family and stay updated on the situation. Just make sure you keep extra batteries or a solar-powered charger on hand.

Another good idea is to keep important documents, like birth certificates, property insurance, and licenses on a flash drive or an internet cloud so they’re readily available if needed in an emergency.

5. Prepare the area around your home— There are a couple of ways you can make the area around your home safer before disaster strikes.

USA Today says it’s important to clear dead trees and branches around your home as these can easily be blown around in heavy winds.

You can also trim bushes to create a buffer zone around your house in the event of a wildfire while clearing drains and gutters and making sure sump pumps work will help when there are floods or heavy rains.

Fitting shutters will keep your windows safe during hurricanes and other strong wind scenarios.

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