Your Catastrophe Plan
Protect Your Home and Your Family During a Natural Disaster
Being prepared for a natural disaster is the best way to protect yourself and your family. Spend some time talking with your family about what to do if a natural disaster struck your area, then practice various scenarios so everyone knows what to do.
These natural disaster preparation tips can help:
Sign up for severe weather alerts for your area.
Identify escape routes from your home and neighborhood, and designate
an emergency meeting place for your family to gather. Remember that in
large disasters, major roads could be blocked or destroyed.
Make certain all adult and teenage members of the family know where
your gas, electric and water main shut-off controls are and how to turn
them off if there's a leak or electrical short. Keep the necessary
wrenches close by.
Learn about your workplace's natural disaster preparedness plans and
the plans at your children's schools or day-care centers.
Consider getting training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and
Develop a detailed list of your possessions now because many of them
could be destroyed during a loss.
Consider purchasing a whole-house surge protector. These devices can
protect your home if lightning strikes.
- Remember your pets. Don’t keep them outside during a catastrophe.
Things to do if you have time:
Fill you car with gas
- Establish a contact point to communicate with concerned relatives
Taking time to create your natural disaster preparedness plan could make a big difference to your family. You can find tips for specific catastrophes throughout this section.