Emergency Preparedness: 5 Ways to Get Ahead of Devastating Disasters
Have you assembled a tornado survival kit and stored it in an accessible location? Does your family know what to do if your home catches fire? Have you thought about what your household will need if your area ever experiences a power outage? September is National Preparedness Month, a time to think about how to handle disasters that could threaten your home or family. We’ve dug through our archives for our best posts on emergency preparedness to give you helpful tips for keeping your family safe.
Not everyone needs to prepare for tornadoes or floods, but any family could experience a house fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 27% of fires reported between 2014 and 2018 happened in homes. That’s why you should test your smoke alarms, practice fire drills, replace frayed and damaged electrical cords, and perform other tasks that will protect your house and loved ones. For starters, check off each item in our House Fire Prevention Checklist.
Every once in a while, a tornado will rage through our area and devastate a trail of homes or even entire towns. These storms are notoriously unpredictable, so you need to know what to do if your home lies in the path of one. Understand the difference between a warning and a watch, learn how to prepare for a tornado, stay safe during the storm, and then proceed with caution after it has passed. First, take a look at our overview of tornado safety. Then, find out what you should pack in your tornado emergency kit.
The Four Rivers area in Western Kentucky is beautiful but living close to so much water comes with a risk. Our region tends to flood. That’s why all residents need to know what to do in case that occurs. Flood emergency preparedness involves signing up for flood insurance, waterproofing your basement, assembling an emergency kit, and more. Get ahead of the disaster and learn to minimize flood damage.
Power Outage Preparedness
Power outages are common in most areas, but they usually last a few minutes. Occasionally, they will last hours. Yet, every once in a while, a power outage will endure for longer and cause problems for the unprepared. So don’t be the person who fumbles in the dark. Instead, learn how to care for your loved ones and keep them safe when the lights go out.
Preparedness on the Road
Anything can happen in a vehicle—from collisions to mechanical failures to weather mishaps. And, unfortunately, you might not always have a cell signal to call for help. Therefore, it always pays to carry an emergency preparedness kit. Grab each item on our list of kit necessities, and give them a permanent place in your vehicle.