I will never forget seeing the news of the fire that ravaged through Paradise, CA in the fall of 2018. Weeks later, I experienced the aftermath in person. The smell of ashes and burned debris, the sight of empty lots with melted vehicles in the driveway and free-standing fireplaces, and the sound of the sorrowful cries of the people that were affected. These tragic impressions will stick with you forever yet never leave you the same.

In a matter of seconds, the comforts we’ve known and the efforts we’ve worked for throughout our entire life can be mercilessly taken away. According to the World Health Organization, every year natural disasters kill around 90,000 people and affect nearly 160 million people worldwide.

Those are some hard facts to swallow. I don’t say all of this to make you depressed or hopeless, but it’s the unfortunate reality that many people have had to or will have to face.

If you and your loved ones can be spared half of the trouble by becoming prepared for future disasters, you’ve done a great service for yourself.

Why do we need to prepare for disasters?

We prepare for natural and man-made disasters because they are inevitable and yet completely beyond our control. Disasters pose a significant threat to our lives, our homes, our communities, our environment, and the economy. The effects they have can be devastating and long-lasting.

While we cannot prevent disasters from happening, we can reduce their effects by becoming prepared. Our response to these events is critical for lessening their impact and overcoming residual challenges, as well as accelerating the process of recovery.

Emergency situations are stressful. When we’re put under a lot of stress, our brains don’t think clearly. Having a family preparedness plan is necessary because it allows you to determine the best course of action to take before an event occurs. That way when something does happen, your mind is focused and ready to confront it.

On top of your plan, you should store enough food, water, and other provisions that will allow you to become self-sufficient for at least two weeks. Government organizations, like FEMA, recommend preparing for a minimum of 3 days but when a mass disaster occurs, resources will be in high demand and limited supply. To ensure the safety and survival of your loved ones, preparing for 14 days is the minimum amount of time we recommend, although we encourage you to prepare for longer.

How to prepare for a natural disaster at home

Preparing for natural disasters requires that you remain informed and have a willingness to learn. With certainty I can say that you’re one step ahead of the game because you’re reading these words. It is my hope that you get a lot out of this personalized guide to emergency preparedness.

This guide is not like any other preparedness manual. It’s 100% customizable! You’ll be taken through every step in order to put together your family emergency plan.

We are all unique individuals with unique circumstances. I can’t give you a cookie-cutter recipe to preparedness— that would be silly and likely ineffective.

Instead, we’ve taken a hands-on approach to guide you and your loved ones through what could otherwise be an overwhelming journey.

By the end, we hope you feel empowered and have peace of mind that you will be able to successfully navigate an uncertain future and life’s unexpected emergencies.

At the most basic level, your family emergency plan should include:

  • A long-term supply of food and water
  • A method of hygiene and sanitation
  • A way to stay warm/cool and provide safe shelter for your family
  • A family communication and reunification plan
  • An organized folder with all your important documents
  • An evacuation plan
  • A means to maintain your personal, home, and financial security
  • A fully-stocked arsenal of supplies in case you need to perform basic first aid, shelter-in-place, evacuate, or have vehicle problems
  • A basic understanding of the natural disasters you’re at risk of, and how to respond and stay safe in the midst of them

In this virtual guide, we cover each of these topics in detail.

Our step-by-step process will allow you to put together your emergency plan in the simplest way possible. 

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