How to prepare for disasters

Plan for a disaster

We all know it’s important to be prepared for multiple eventualities. But if you really want to limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family, it is essential to turn those vague, potential future threats in your head into concrete, actionable situations. How can you do this?

  • Know the risk of disasters in your area. For instance, hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes are all more common in some areas than others. Do your research so that you can plan accordingly.
  • Check your insurance coverage. If you don’t have coverage for the types of disasters that occur in your area, consider changing this.
  • Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of common hazards. For instance, in places where earthquakes are common, it’s a good idea to secure any freestanding heavy furniture—bookcases, shelves, etc.—to the wall, so they can’t fall and injure someone. Additional ideas on how to increase the safety of your home can be found
  • Act fast if you receive a local warning or alert. Be sure you know how to receive emergency alerts in your area.

Learning exactly what types of situations you may be facing is vital to truly being prepared. Do your research, and plan accordingly.

Zac Elliott

About the Author

Zac Elliot is Mead & Hunt’s Corporate Safety Manager. He is adept in workplace safety knowledge and engages staff in training and pre-planning activities to determine potential hazards and identify mitigation opportunities.

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