In the wake of hurricane Florence and in light of September being National Emergency Preparedness Month, it is a good time to review how to prepare for a national disaster. While Michigan is not in the path of a hurricane, the state certainly has it’s share of storms. Being ready for these situations just takes a little planning.
Whether your area is hit by a severe thunderstorm or has a record-breaking amount of snow or ice, being prepared goes a long way.
The Michigan State Police is making people aware of what may be needed after a natural disaster occurs. They state that every family should have a plan and a minimal amount of supplies to manage for at least three days without assistance.
An emergency kit is at the top of the essentials needed. Police and other first responders are often spread thin in these situations and may not be able to get to your residence in a timely manner. Learning first aid and being able to handle minor health concerns is something citizens should do.
Aside from being able to treat minor wounds and illnesses, it is essential to have supplied on hand. Residents may be without a car or electricity for several days after a big storm hits. A few things to keep in the house include: a first aid kit, medication, plenty of bottled water, a minimum of three days’ worth of food, and flashlights with extra batteries.
While car chargers for phones may be helpful in some situations, residents also need to consider that cell towers may not be functional in certain situations. That means that the ability to make cell phone calls would be lost, as well as the ability to look up weather conditions using a cell phone. It is best to have an old school, battery operated radio on hand to stay on top of the weather conditions in the area.
An evacuation plan is also recommended. Learn if there are shelters set up nearby that could accommodate your family in the event that you lose your home or it becomes inhabitable. Plan specifically for your family, their ages and any pets in the home, as well as any specifically medical needs. Then plan an escape route and a communication plan to keep the family safe.
Michigan National Disasters include tornadoes, blizzards, ice storms, and floods. How well you prepare for such events may help save your life and keep your family safe.