A disaster is a sudden event that occurs over a short or long period and causes damage. You can even lose your or your loved ones’ lives. They can be natural or man-made.
Every year millions of people get affected due to different types of disasters. You can get affected on a personal, or business level. At that time it will all get messy and you cannot do anything then.
There is only one thing you can do and that is disaster-ready. Increasing awareness and developing plans is the golden rule for disaster management.
You need to understand the need for disaster management and practice it accordingly.
Here are some points you can follow so that you can face anything-
1. Types of disasters you have to prepare for
The locality where you live and your workplace says a lot about which disaster may affect you. Look for the hazards around yourself. If you live near a water body then prepare yourself for a flood. If you live in a mountain area then high altitude earthquakes can affect you more often.
Accurate knowledge is necessary for you to protect yourself and your family. Once you are aware you can make a plan according to that.
2. Make a plan
Once you get the knowledge, now you can make plans with your family and people in your neighborhood. Sit with them and talk about what you will do and how you will contact each other at the time of an emergency.
Educate your children about these things and give them instructions. Give them little tips on how they can protect themselves. For example, they can sit under a table to cover their head during an earthquake. It will ensure they do not get hurt. Also, organize meetings with your neighbors and take measures to make your locality a safe place for the people.
3. Organize campaigns
You can always increase awareness around yourself. Organize campaigns with your friends and tell people about disaster management. Make pamphlets and posters and give them to the people.
You can always go for mock drills. In many schools, it is an activity so that children can practice it and follow it at the time of the disaster. You can do this at home also with all your family members and practice it once a month.
4. Get your disaster supply kit ready
Ever heard of it before? It is a kit that you can always use at the time of a disaster. It is one of the important steps you should take. You can either use this kit at home or take it to a shelter with you. Now the question comes: what to put in the kit?
- Keep non-perishable food items like boxed or canned food.
- One flashlight
- A gallon of water
- One First-aid kit
- Personal hygiene and sanitation items
- Emergency contact list
- 1-2 copies of important documents. Although, you can find everything on your mobile phones.
5. Have an insurance
During a disaster, you do not know how bad it can affect you. You can lose your precious home and items inside it. Even your life is at stake. But you can always think and be one step ahead.
Hundreds of companies out there will provide you with health and property insurance. You can take those and pay a minimum amount of premium every month. It is important, as you can cover all your damage costs and you do not need to worry about your loved ones if anything happens to you. The nominee will get all the amount after you.
Make sure to call them right after the damage has happened.
A little volunteering will not do you any harm
Preparing yourself a little early is always a good idea. It is far better to make a plan and execute it rather than sitting ideally and waiting for the disaster to happen. It is difficult to think of anything when you are facing a calamity. At that time you cannot do anything and just let everything get destroyed in front of your eyes.
There are several ways to donate and volunteer during an emergency. You can give funds to several programs that are running to help the victims. Donate blood or provide water and food facilities if you can.
Help out your neighbors and other fellow members during the disaster. Take a step forward and you can do wonders!