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Are You Prepared For Disaster? Niko Apostal 10/30/17

Do you know what you would do in case of a disaster? The truth is, when disaster strikes, families need a plan of action.

This Year Alone

This year has been packed with natural disasters. We’ve seen:

  • Four hurricanes
  • Wildfires
  • Flooding in Illinois and Wisconsin
  • And more

When I visited in Houston, Texas, residents talked about having just a few hours notice to pack and leave. Even smaller personal disasters can catch you unaware. That is why I am offering the following four tips to help you know what to do.

Tip #1: Make and Practice Your Plan

The first tip is to make a plan. There are some great resources available to help you including:

Once you have a plan, you need to make sure you practice it. A great time to practice your plan is during the time change twice each year.

Tip #2: Determine What is Important

Most things in your home are not that important during an emergency. However, there are things that are:

  • Irreplaceable
  • Sentimental
  • Important to move forward such as financial documents, insurance policies, etc
  • Medication

Important things should be sealed in metal or plastic containers to keep them from being damaged. You can find great containers here:

Tip #3: Have a Place To Go

You should know where you will go in case you need to leave your home for a period of time. Make sure the place you’ve selected has a good way to communicate with others. Be sure your extended family knows about your evacuation plans.

Tip #4: Stay In Communication

You will have family and friends that will be worried if a disaster strikes. Make sure that you keep in contact with them and know how you will contact them in case of an emergency.

Remember, disasters aren’t always big. Sometimes, small personal disasters can also happen rapidly, leaving you with little time to plan. Following these four tips will help you be prepared should disaster strike.

Tip #5: Have a Plan and Stick To It

Which Natural Disasters Are Most Likely To Hit Chicago?

To help you prepare, listen to our local NPR radio station’s podcast topic this week: Which Disasters Are Most Likely To Hit Chicago?

Download the Disaster Prep Checklist