Evacuation Planning For Families
Emergencies can be highly unpredictable. You could be
well-prepared for a crisis, but if thereís an earthquake and the
house comes crumbling down, whatever food and water supplies
youíve stored will be destroyed. The structural integrity of the
house will be compromised, and youíll not be able to stay there.
You have no choice but to evacuate. Based on this scenario,
every prepper needs to have an evacuation plan. This article
will give you a few points to bear in mind when formulating your
Proximity: During a
catastrophe, roads may be impassable. The area could be flooded.
Your car may be damaged, etc. How close will your shelter be?
Do you have family, friends or even neighbors who are nearby and
could take you in? Is it within walking distance or will you
need a vehicle to get there?
Your Family Aware: A plan is only good when
everyone is onboard and knows whatís going on. What if your
spouse is at work? If the kids are at a friendís house, do they
know what to do? Will everyone meet at home and evacuate, or
will they meet you at the secondary location? During a
crisis, thereís often little time to think. Contacting your
family members may not be possible if they donít have access to
a phone. Any of these scenarios could happen, and they usually
do. So, stay prepared and rehearse well.
Be Detailed: Ensure
that all family members from the children to the adults have a
laminated card with a list of all the family members and their
contact information. If anyone is alone and injured, first
responders will know how to reach the next of kin. If
thereís panic and everyone is scrambling for their lives, as
would happen in a tsunami, you may lose sight of a family member
or two when the situation is chaotic. With these details,
thereís a much higher chance of finding them sooner and getting
to a safe place as a family as soon as possible.
a crisis there must be a plan of communication. If everyone is
calling the same person for information, calls may not go
through or be delayed. One way to do it if you have children,
will be for one or two children to call the mother while another
child calls the father. If calls donít work, ask them to try
texting. It will be good to have codes that everyone remembers
so that you do not have to send long texts to get your message
Kits: It goes
without saying that every family member needs a bug out bag or a
grab bag that they can grab and go in an emergency. The grab bag
will contain supplies such as food, water and other items that
will help you get through the next 72-hours without much hassle.
Pets: If you
have pets, you will need to evacuate them too. While you canít
move an aquarium, you can save your cat, dog, hamster or rabbit
away from danger. Youíll need food supplies for them in your
grab bag, and a portable carrier to transport the pet.
Itís good to bring a tent or small shelter for them to stay warm
and dry in. Evacuation shelters may not allow pets. If you must
leave them outside, theyíll be sheltered, and you can still
check on them at regular intervals.
Observe these tips when creating your evacuation plan. Itís
imperative that you have a good plan and a good support network.
Get to know the people around your neighborhood well. These are
the people who will most likely be able to help you in an
emergency, and vice-versa. No man is an island.
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