Whole Health | Natural Disaster Preparedness
We have all seen the startling images following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey,Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria. Though North Texas doesn’t experience the dangers of hurricanes we experience a wealth of other disasters such as flooding, hail, and tornado! So what is a person to do in the event they experience a natural disaster? How do you prepare?
One of the most important things to do is prepare an emergency information kit that you can grab and go in an instant should you become ensnared in a natural or man-made disaster. The things you should include are:
- Copy of your insurance card (health, property, renters, and auto)
- Copy of your driver’s license and/or passport
- Copy of contact for your mortgage should you have one
- List of emergency contacts (immediate family, close friends)
- List of medical contacts such as your physician and pharmacy
- Veterinarian contact for your pet, if you have one, and a list of your pet’s medications
- List of your medications and a summary of your health problems
- Escape routes from your home or apartment
These items should be placed in a container that is waterproof, such as a Tupperware container or plastic freezer bag, and be in a location that is easily accessible. You should also plan to update these items on a regular basis.
Disasters are hard to predict and sometimes don’t come with a warning. However, it would be good to have certain items ready in case you need to leave quickly. Some items to include:
- Minimum of one week of your medications on hand
- Your emergency kit as described above
- Your pets leash, food (1 week minimum), food bowls and any medication (if you have a pet)
- Essential clothing for one week
Other ways to prepare include contacting local hotels to see if they are pet friendly. Lock all your doors and windows to help prevent against looting. If you have time and live in a detached home consider shutting down the main breaker for your electricity, turning off gas, and shutting off your water supply.
One important thing to remember in case you face a flooding situation is to try and move any valuables upstairs or in an attic. If you find yourself in your home that has flood waters rising NEVER evacuate yourself or your family to the attic of your home. You could become trapped and possibly drown. If waters are rising and you need to get out break or open a window and evacuate to the roof.