News of natural disasters is now reported from all corners of the globe. As we watch in fearful compassion for stricken families with fallen homes or workers stranded in crumbled buildings, we can only hope that such will not put our families in the same scene. We should not however, eliminate the probability that there is such a possibility.
Are we ready for these disasters should we come face to face with nature’s wrath? Do we know what to do? Do our children know where to go when we are not with them? …who to call and what instructions have we provided to them, and what have you planned for them to follow? If you have not done so, I hope this article will nudge you to start prepping for a kit to grab in the middle of the night (or day) when you need it most.
What types of disasters come to shove and jolt our lives, anyway? Floods or tsunamis, thunderstorms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, avalanches are just some of the natural disasters that we may face. The incidental disastrous effects from these natural tragedies like fire, bio/chemical threats, hazardous material leak incidents, power outage that leave our ATM cards useless and our cars immobile when we run out of gas. How do they call or communicate when the cell phones don’t work. How to prepare, and how do we act, is what this is about.
Allow me to share some tips that might be of good use: make a list of phone numbers of close friends and family for each of your household members to put in their wallets (the cell phones may run out of batteries). Prepare one small kit for your children with the usual emergency necessities like a small flashlight, non perishable food bar, first aid, but add a “whistle” as this may save their lives if trapped somewhere. Gather the family one night a month to brainstorm about emergency situations and encourage them to suggest what can be done so that you will have an idea ‘where’ they may go to be able to help you realize how they will react on such situations when faced with it. Discuss one calamity or tragedy each session because each calamity will definitely need a different course of action.
Dialing 911 is always the best, but if the whole town will be in distress, a plan B and C will be as useful. By your landline phones, make sure you have the city’s “Emergency Management” phone numbers, the police and fire department too. Have a common “Family check-in Contact Number” as well – some relatives out of state maybe – or not affected with the same calamity. Have an agreed meeting place – like the ‘city-advised’ relief center location.
Here in California, we anticipate one or more major earthquakes. In the North, in the Bay area alone, we dare not forget the 1906 San Francisco earthquake which brought about 3,000 deaths, 225 homeless and 28,000 buildings down to the ground with tremors and fire that literally consumed the aspirations of quake victims’ future and the ‘Golden Gate’ promises. How lucky are we now – that we can be prepared and could possibly save our young children and our future grandbabies if we just drop what we are doing right now, to think about ‘how to prepare for the adversity’.