It could be a morbid activity to do, but it is necessary to make a family evacuation plan. These tips can help you ensure that you and your family will get to safety without a problem in case of an emergency.
Have Two Rendezvous Points
Assign meet up places for your family to gather at. This is useful especially when the signal disappears in the case of a downed or damaged cellphone tower because of a disaster. Even without telecommunication, your family should know where they should go. Once you are gathered, stay with each other as it will be hard to keep track of each other’s whereabouts without wireless communication.
Two rendezvous points, both inside and outside your area of residence, is recommended for you to prepare. Choose places that are safe, easy to get to, and easy to remember.
Always Have Gas
As much as possible always have a half to full tank of gas in your car. You will need this in case of an emergency evacuation because gas stations may be close during these times. To ensure this, practice replenishing your gas when you hit the half way mark on your fuel gauge. This will ensure that you will always have enough in the tank to evacuate your area
Make an Exit Strategy
Also, be aware that an evacuation involves a whole population of people leaving an area so the roads will be congested. Be responsible and considerate and only take one car for your whole family. As much as possible, leave early so you don’t get the blunt of the traffic.
Since the main roads will have heavy traffic, be familiar with alternate routes as well as other forms of transportation to give you multiple options. However, the government will be recommending evacuation routes and assistance will be provided on theses roads. Avoid shortcuts where not much people can help you especially in very dangerous disasters and emergencies. Areas could be flooded, washed-out, or blocked by downed power lines.
Be sure to choose several locations to head to beforehand in case all routes to one destination are heavily blocked by traffic.
Prepare a Supply Kit
One of the most important things you can have in your supply kit is a battery powered radio. This will serve as your sure connection to the news in any situation. The government knows this and they will usually send out evacuation instructions through the radio.
Also included in you kit should be:
- First aid kit
- Dust masks
- Can opener
Optional items you can add
- Cash or Travelers checks
- Prescription medication
- Baby needs
- Pet needs
- Reference material for emergencies
- Sleeping bag
- Fire extinguisher
- Feminine supplies
- Paper and pencil
Time Insensitive Factors
If time is on your side, then you can do a few more things to ensure safety. These are the following:
- Call family outside of your area to plan your course of action.
- Lock and secure your home.
- Unplug all electrical equipment except for freezers and refrigerators.
- Leave a note to inform people of where you are going.
- Wear the clothes that can provide you protection.
- Check if neighbors need help.
Make time for you and your family to make all of these preparations. When disaster strikes, panic can strike along with it and you wouldn’t want you and your loved ones to be scrambling to gather the things your need and fight about where you need to go. Follow these tips and you can make a proper evacuation plan for you and your family.
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