Mudslides, earthquakes, wildfires, and power outages: These aren’t pleasant scenarios to ponder, but a little forethought can make a difference for your family in a time of chaos.
Any time is a good time to reflect on your family’s level of emergency preparedness, and put new plans in place wherever needed.
Here are 3 tips to help you keep your family safe:
Assess your risk
Every region has its own set of risks to consider. For example, if you live in a low-lying area or near large bodies of water, you should consider preparing for the possibility of floods. Earthquakes are always a possibility across California, so creating a plan before they happen can make earthquakes less frightening.
Pack a bag
There are a few items — like flashlights, water, and non-perishable snacks — that are helpful in nearly any emergency situation. It’s best to always have them on hand.
If you spend a lot of time in your car, you can keep a bag full of these items in your trunk. Take a look at this video to learn how to pack a basic emergency preparedness kit:
Make a plan
How will you communicate with family members and loved ones in a time of crisis? How will your family find a safe location during a disaster? These are both big questions to answer, but they aren’t the only considerations you should make when preparing for an emergency.