Though natural disasters can strike anytime, hurricane season can serve as an important reminder to get your disaster preparations in gear. After all, 2008’s Hurricane Ike and its flooding, power and water outages are still a vivid memory for the millions of Houstonians impacted by the storm’s wrath.
Stay one step ahead of Mother Nature by preparing now for a hurricane. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says only 15 percent of Americans are adequately prepared for disasters. The following pointers and resources can help you prepare your family and belongings in the event of a disaster.
Disaster preparedness starts with the basics—stocking the essential food, water, medical supplies and other emergency needs you’ll require during a disaster.
Houstonians recently learned about how to build such a kit during a Good & Ready emergency preparedness event at the 23rd Annual Houston International Jazz Festival. The event, hosted by The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light, and their affiliate, Volunteer Houston, offered families the opportunity to build and take home a free disaster preparedness kit, equipped with a hand-crank flashlight/radio, garbage bags and hand sanitizing wipes, among other items. The event was part of SaferLivesSM, an Allstate Foundation program made available through Allstate agency owners in communities across the country.
Here’s how you can create your own. Ready.gov says your disaster kit’s essential supplies should include:
An emergency plan contains basic information that ensures all the members of your household know what to do in an emergency. Ready.gov provides an emergency plan template you can use to establish a basic emergency protocol. Such a plan should include:
By creating an emergency kit and instituting an emergency plan, you can go a long way to helping your family better weather natural disasters. For more information, check out www.AllstateSaferLives.org. There, you’ll find brochures, in English and Spanish, that outline the steps for preparing for a disaster, as well as helpful online resources.
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