When it comes to dealing with a disaster, one the first and most important decision to make is whether or not to stay where you are or to evacuate. Of course, this will be determined in large party by the circumstances and the nature of the disaster but you should be prepare for either possibility. So when do you evacuate and when should you stay put? First, use common sense. If you or your family are in immediate danger at your current location then evacuate to a safer location. If the nature of the disaster is such that moving from where you are isn’t going to make you safer then stay put until the disaster passes or help arrives. Second, use any information available to figure out what you should do. You should watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet for information or official instruction as it becomes available.
One of the best ways to protect you and your family from a disaster is to find out what kinds of disasters, both natural and man-made, are most likely to occur in your area and be prepared. Additionally, explore all the emergency reponder and alert systems set up in your community in case of an emergency. Methods of getting in touch with you during an emergency vary from comunity to community. Probably the most common method is the emergency broadcast network which broadcasts via radio and TV stations. In some regions special siren are used, telephone calls are made, or emergency workers go door-to-door to warn citizens and provide emergency information.
Explore and learn about the different emergency plans and systems that are in place to protect your family and loved ones at work, daycare and schools. If no plan is in place then create one or help by volunteering to create one. Gather your community and discuss how you can work together in the event of a disaster. You’ll be better prepared to quickly and safetly reunit with your family and loved ones during a disaster if you have an emergency plan in place.
- Warning Systems and Signals
- Community Disaster Plans
- Managing Food Supplies
- Managing Water Supply
- Disaster Recovery