Link: “Washington, DC, July 7, 2006 — A Red Cross ‘ready to go’ preparedness kit showing the bag and its contents. Red Cross photograph,” by Red Cross, 7 July 2006 … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:FEMA_-_37174_-_Emergency_Preparedness_%22ready_to_go%22_kit..jpg … public domain
- THE RED CROSS DISASTER PLAN WEB PAGE: PLANNING WITH FAMILY
- WHAT IF FAMILY MEMBERS ARE DISPERSED WHEN A NATURAL DISASTER HAPPENS?
- ON TAKING ADVANTAGE NOW OF THE SURVIVAL KNOWLEDGE OF OUR ELDERS
- DISASTER PREPAREDNESS ON A MODEST BUDGET
- HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS
This blog is all about planning for a natural disaster.
THE RED CROSS DISASTER PLAN WEB PAGE: PLANNING WITH FAMILY
On the Red Cross Disaster Plan web page, I particularly like the part about family members getting together and making a plan …
Link: “How to Prepare for Emergencies,” by the Red Cross … https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies ..
For instance, who will be responsible for what, if the family is all together at the time of the disaster?
WHAT IF FAMILY MEMBERS ARE DISPERSED WHEN A NATURAL DISASTER HAPPENS?
If the family is dispersed at the time of the disaster, are plans in place for each member to make it on their own till disaster crews are able to help out?
Does each family member … especially young children who might be at school … but also older children who might be away at college, or working at a distance … know what to do? Is there a plan for the family getting back together in the event communications and transportation are down, or will the family members decide to stay wherever they are till services are up and running again?
These are things that may be decided in advance. And not deciding them in advance might have unfortunate consequences. For instance, what if communications and transportation were down for a month, and a father set off to find his daughter in college in a different state? What if the daughter set off at the same time to return to the family home? Because of the time foot or horse travel takes, their paths might never cross. This kind of uncertainty and heartbreak can be easily avoided through a family disaster planning meeting.
ON TAKING ADVANTAGE NOW OF THE SURVIVAL KNOWLEDGE OF OUR ELDERS
Also, might not younger family members benefit from the advice of older family members, who might have grown up in a farming community, and might have greater hands on knowledge about what is needed to get by without Walmart or Vons, and so on?
Now, before the fact, is a good time to ask elders’ advice about this kind of thing, I feel.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS ON A MODEST BUDGET
No matter how modest one’s budget, survival needs for a week or a month can be met with careful planning beforehand. Here is the Red Cross list:
Link: “What Do You Need in a Survival Kit,? by the Red Cross … https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/survival-kit-supplies.html ..
Red Cross also has a web page with links to instructions for specific types of disasters. These have some nice features. On the Hurricane preparation page, for instance, I saw info on what they feel must be done, then info about what to do next, and also what to do about pets and livestock.
Here is the general link to various types of disasters (I note that, while there are links to instructions for many types of disasters, there is no link for Geostorms) …
Link: “Emergency Preparedness Tips from the Red Cross,” by the Red Cross … https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies.html ..
And here is the link to hurricane preparedness …
Link: “Hurricane Safety: Learn How to Keep Your Home and Family Safe During a Hurricane or Typhoon,” by the Red Cross … https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane.html#Before ..
If the pioneers did it, so can we.
In love, light and joy,
Alice B. Clagett
I Am of the Stars
Written and published on 11 September 2017; updated on 3 February 2023
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