Disaster And Emergency Preparedness For The Unexpected ( SHTF )

Disaster And Emergency Preparedness For The Unexpected ( SHTF )

Practical Tips To Be Prepared For A SHTF Disaster

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Create An Emergency Communications Plan. Choose an out-of-town contact your family or household can call or email to check on each other should a disaster occur. Your selected contact should live far enough away that they would be unlikely to be directly affected by the same disaster. And, they should know they are the chosen contact. Make certain every household member has that contact’s and each other’s email addresses and telephone numbers (home, work, cell, Twitter and Skype). Leave these contact numbers at your children’s schools, if you have children, and at your workplace. Your family must know that if telephones are not working, then they need to be patient and try again later, try email or a CB Radio. Many people flood the telephone lines when emergencies happen, but a CB Radio can sometimes get through when calls or email can’t.

Establish A Meeting Place. Having a predetermined meeting place away from your home will save time and minimize confusion should your home be affected or the area evacuated. You may even want to make arrangements to stay with a family member or friend in case of emergency. Be sure to include any pets in these plans, since pets are not permitted in shelters, and some hotels will not accept them.

Assemble A SHTF Disaster Supplies Kit (Bug Out Bag). If you need to evacuate your home or are asked to “shelter in place,” having some essential supplies on hand will make an easy-to-carry container such as a duffel bag or small plastic trash can. Include “special needs” items for any member of your household (infant formula or items for disabled or older people), a sleeping bag or bedroll for each, a battery powered radio or television and extra batteries, food, bottled water and tools. It is also a good idea to include some cash and copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports and licenses) in your BOB. Copies of essential documents like powers of attorney, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, life insurance beneficiary designations and a copy of your will, should be kept in a safe location outside your home. A safe deposit box or the home of a friend or family member who lives out of town is a good choice.

Check On The School Emergency Plan Of Any School-Age Children You May Have. You need to know if they keep children at school until a parent or designated adult can pick them up or send them home on their own. Be certain that the school has updated information about how to reach parents and responsible caregivers to arrange for pickup. And, ask what type of authorization the school may require to release a child to someone you designate, if you are not able to pick up your child. During times of emergency, the school telephones may be overwhelmed with calls.

If A SHTF Disaster Strikes

⦁ Remain calm and be patient.
⦁ Follow the advice of local emergency officials.
⦁ Listen to your radio or television for news and instructions.
If the disaster occurs near you, check for injuries. Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.
⦁ If the disaster occurs near your home while you are there, check for damage using a flashlight. Do not light matches or candles or turn on electrical switches. Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards. Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.
⦁ Shut off any other damaged utilities.
⦁ Confine or secure your pets.
⦁ Call your family contact—do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
⦁ Check on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or disabled.

If you don’t think you need a SHTF disaster plan, then pass this information along to someone who is unaware, yet willing to take heed and save their household.

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Practical Tips To Be Prepared In A SHTF Disaster

In this post, you will learn what could happen in a SHTF disaster, and why emergency preparedness is critical.

As we learned from the natural disasters in Louisiana (Katrina/Sandy), anything can happen.

There can be significant numbers of casualties and/or damage to buildings and infrastructure.

Therefore, employers need up-to-date information about any medical needs you may have and, how to contact your designated beneficiaries.

Heavy law enforcement involvement at local, state and federal levels follow a disaster due to crime.

Health and mental health resources in the affected areas can be strained to their limits, maybe even overwhelmed.

Extensive media coverage and strong public fear can continue for a prolonged period.

Workplaces and schools may be closed, and there may be restrictions on local and interstate travel.

You and your family or household may have to evaluate an area, avoiding roads blocked for your safety.

In addition, clean up or financial recovery may take many months.

SHTF Disaster Evacuation

If local authorities ask you to leave your home, they have a good reason to make this request.

And, you should heed the advice immediately.

Listen to your radio or television and follow the instructions of local emergency officials and keep these simple tips in mind:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes so you can be protected as much as possible.
  • Take your Bug Out Bag.
  • Take your pets with you; do not leave them behind because pets are not permitted in public shelters. Follow your plan to go to a relative’s or friend’s home, or find a “pet-friendly” hotel.
  • Lock your home.
  • Use travel routes specified by local authorities—don’t use short cuts because certain areas may be impossible or dangerous.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.

Listen To Local Authorities

Your local authorities will provide you with the most accurate information specific to a SHTF disaster in your area.

Staying tuned to local radio and television, and following their instructions is your safest choice.

If you’re sure you have time:

  • Call your family contact to tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
  • Shut off water and electricity before leaving, if instructed to do so. Leave natural gas service ON unless officials advise you otherwise. You may need gas for heating and cooking.   And, only a professional can restore gas service in your home once it’s been turned off.

Shelter In Place During A SHTF Disaster

If local officials advise you to “shelter in place,” then what they mean is for you to remain inside your home or office and protect yourself there.

Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.

Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.

Close the fireplace damper. Get your BOB and make certain the radio is working. Go to an interior room without windows that’s above ground level.

In the case of a chemical threat, an above ground location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air, and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.

Using duct tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.

Keep listening to your radio or television until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate.

Local officials may call for evacuation in specific areas at greatest risk in your community.

First Aid Primer

Be certain you have a first aid manual that covers such topics as controlling bleeding, caring for shock, tending burns, caring for injuries to muscles, bones and joints.

Be Aware Of Biological And Radiological Exposure

Listen to local radio and television reports for the most accurate information from responsible government and medical authorities on what’s happening, and what actions you will need to take.

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