How to celebrate National Preparedness Month [VIDEO]

September is National Preparedness Month. This month is the perfect time to begin creating a preparedness plan and gathering items you may need in times of trouble. Here are four ways you can prepare your family for a disaster.

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  • You never know when a disaster may strike. Whether it comes in the form of a fire, flood, earthquake, tornado or even a hurricane, natural disasters are terrifying and can destroy anything in their path. Because you don’t know when a disaster may occur, it is critical your family is prepared. September is National Preparedness Month. This month is the perfect time to begin creating a preparedness plan and gather items you may need in times of trouble. Here are four ways you can prepare your family for a disaster.

  • 1. Evacuation plans

  • When a disaster strikes, your mind will race in a million directions. If you and your family don’t have a plan, family members will be more prone to injuries or become lost. Creating an evacuation plan doesn’t take much time and is something you can discuss over the dinner table. Go through each bedroom and teach your children the safest ways to evacuate your home. If your bedrooms are located on an upper level, purchase escape ladders and teach your children how to use them. It will ease both you and your children’s mind to know everyone is prepared to evacuate safely if something dangerous occurs.

  • 2. Meeting place

  • Sit down with your family and discuss a place to meet together after a disaster. You could choose a home across the street, your mailbox, the corner or any place nearby that your children will remember. Having a meeting place is an ideal way to know where you can find your children if something happens to your home or neighborhood. It is a smart idea to review where you are meeting often.

  • 3. 72-Hour kits

  • When a disaster strikes, it takes only a few hours for most essential survival items to sell out in nearby stores. Also, if a disaster is large enough, roads may be impassible, and you may be stranded with few provisions for several days. To ensure your family is well-protected, you should create kits that last for at least three days or 72 hours. You can find lists of recommended items for the kits online. Each kit should contain enough food, water and supplies for each family member for a minimum of 72 hours.

  • 4. Emergency car kits

  • Disasters can happen anywhere, and you can't always carry your 72-hour kits with you. To prepare for a disaster, make an emergency kit that you can keep in your vehicle. This kit should include items such as:

    • First Aid Kit

    • Bungee Cords

    • Foldable Shovel

    • Blanket

    • Water

    • Food such as granola bars or trail mix

    • Flashlight

    • Road Flares

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  • The kit can be as extensive or as simple as you desire. However, when creating a kit for your vehicle, think about your family and what you will need if you are ever stranded in your vehicle.

  • It may seem like a lot of work to prepare your family for an emergency. Building kits can take time and money. Also, finding space in your home for your emergency supplies can seem like a challenge. However, if a disaster strikes, you will be grateful you were prepared.

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Courtnie is an editor for FamilyShare.com and has a degree in journalism. She has a slight obsession with running, newspapers and large fuzzy blankets. She currently lives in Idaho with her husband and two sons.

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