Friday, November 4, 2011

Disaster Planning Part 5: Emergency Planning Around the Home

Be it Earthquakes, Floods, Fires Hurricanes or Zombies, you need to be ready. Preparing for one prepares you for the others in a big way. 

We have talked about first aide kits, food and medication and home inventory. Now let me ask you this: Do you know how to get out of the house?

In a disaster you may have gas and water pipes as well as electrical wiring that has been damaged. Getting out of the house fast is going to be interesting to say the least.

That's why you need to plan escape routes in advance. The front door may not be accessible depending on how your home is laid out, what has happened, or whats in the way. Plan on maybe needing to go out a window or another door. Do you need to have a small step ladder handy? Do you need a ladder outside to get you safely to the ground? What about grandpa and grandma? The kids?

Plan it out in advance and rehearse. Have a family disaster drill night and make it a game.

Do you know how to turn off your electricity, gas meter and water meter? Have a wrench handy and check out your utility providers webs site or call them to learn how. Most of them are simple breaker switches and valves, but depending on where you live there could be a certain way you need to turn off the breakers.

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