It’s easy to be blasé about disaster preparation. There’s lots of things to do day to day, let alone prepare for something that may never happen.
The problem is that disasters do happen, no matter where you live, and they happen more frequently than we like to admit.
Don’t get caught out. Take steps now to prepare for potential disasters. If you ever have to face a disaster, you will be thankful that you did.
To make disaster preparation easier, I’ve broken it down into 14 steps, starting with the most important steps first.
Just do one step each week, and before you know it, you’ll be disaster prepared.
Are you ready?
disaster preparation in 14 steps
Day 1 – Update your Insurance
Take time to review and update your insurances to make sure you are not under-insured.
[Read the article here: Updating your insurance]
Day 2 – Stay Informed
- Invest in a battery operated or hand-cranked radio (don’t forget spare batteries)
- Bookmark the websites and follow the Facebook pages as outlined in the blog article
[Read the article here: How to stay informed before and during a disaster]
Day 3 – Prepare an Emergency Plan
- Prepare and discuss an emergency plan with your family
- Create and print out emergency contacts lists
[Read the article here: Preparing an Emergency Plan]
Day 4 – Prepare a 72 Hour Grab and Go Bag
- Prepare a 72 hour grab and go kit for each person in the household
- Stock your car with a few emergency supplies
[Read the article here: 72 Hour Grab and Go Bags]
Day 5 – Become More Independent
- Start stocking your home with basic supplies
[Read the article here: Becoming More Independent]
Day 6 – Preparing Your Home
- Take steps to help protect your home from damage during natural disasters
[Read the article here: Preparing Your Home]
Day 7 – Emergency Water Storage
- Start building a stockpile of water
[Read the article here: Emergency Water Storage]
Day 8 – Emergency Food Storage
- Start building a stockpile of food
[Read the article here: Emergency Food Storage]
Day 9 – Emergency Cooking
- Consider alternate cooking methods in the case of a power outage
[Read the article here: Emergency Cooking]
Day 10 – Emergency Lighting
- Invest in a couple of good torches and some spare batteries and one other alternate light source in the case of a power outage.
[Read the article here: Emergency Lighting]
Day 11 – Emergency Heating and Cooling
- Consider how you would stay warm or cool during a power outage.
[Read the article here: Emergency Heating and Cooling]
Day 12 – Emergency Cash
- Stash a little cash in case of an emergency.
[Read the article here: Emergency Cash]
Day 13 – Important Documents
- Organise and copy important documents.
[Read the article here: Important Documents]