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Before disaster strikes, have a plan

Posted Sept. 7, 2017

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September is National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme — “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can” — focuses on the goal to increase the number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school and places of worship. Part 1 of a four-part series.

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters can affect our area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these four questions with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan:

  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation route?
  • What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household. As you prepare your plan, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household.
  • Responsibilities for assisting others.
  • Locations frequented.
  • Dietary needs.
  • Medical needs, including prescriptions and equipment.
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs, including devices and equipment.
  • Languages spoken.
  • Cultural and religious considerations.
  • Pets or service animals.
  • Households with school-aged children.

Step 3: Download and fill out a family emergency plan or create your own.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family or household.

KnoWhat2Do is a regional North Central Texas preparedness program that promotes Think, Prepare and Act strategies to enable your family to become prepared for any incident.

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