If things go wrong in any situation, you ought to have a plan in place. In the moment, things are going to be pretty hectic, so make your emergency plan ahead of time and plan drills so everyone knows exactly what to do. When making this plan, you’ll want to know the first things to do when something goes wrong, and we have everything you need to make it as easy as possible. When preparing for a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or other disastrous events, the first things you do are:
• Gather intel – The very first thing on your list should be to asses the situation and the dangers it presents. Communicate with neighbors and use your senses to determine the current state of your environment, and stay vigilant regarding everything that is going on around you. By collecting information, you’ll be able to see what your next step should be and what you may be up against.
• Gather gear and resources – If you’re able to stay in your home or the structure you’re currently in, begin to gather your gear and resources so you have what you need. Now is the time to grab your pre-packed emergency kit and food supplies - which should have been packed for at least 72-hours worth of supplies. If you’re in the home, fill the bathtubs and sinks with fresh water before losing water pressure. If you need to leave the home, make sure your bags are pre-packed to include enough food, water, and tools to survive until you arrive at your next destination.
• Figure out your communications – With family members, a non-electronic communication method should be settled upon, just in case members are separated and need to leave clues or get in contact with each other. Leaving messages on road signs, trees, or structures may be helpful, or set up 2 or 3 rallying points that you’ll go to if separated.
With your information collected regarding the status of your situation, your gear and resources gathered, and communication methods put into place, you’ve set yourself a great foundation to survive a disaster situation. We highly recommend having drills and practice sessions to emphasize all 3 of these steps to really hammer home the importance of your plan to your family.