Although a natural disaster or emergency can happen at a moment’s notice, without warning, doesn’t mean you can’t be well prepared for one. The most susceptible hazards to BC include risks such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, forest fires, power outages, and other harsh weather events. Knowing what hazards are most likely to affect you is the first step to being well prepared.
Additionally, you will want to make a plan with your family to help ensure everyone stays safe. This includes creating a meeting point if your family cannot meet at your house and are separated. Additionally, if you have children who are in school or day care you will want to also find someone who may be able to pick up your child if you are unable to. Creating a phone contact, ideally someone who is not local and would be unaffected can help if you or one of your family members are separated and can help coordinate to keep everyone connected. Cell towers are more likely to be out of service or jammed by traffic and using text messages or social media may give you more success than a phone call.
Preparing your home is also just as important. You will want to be able to identify where your utility controls are and how to turn them off. This can include your gas line, water, and electricity. Additionally, making sure your home is well-stocked with an adequate food supply can reduce your risk of shortages in the event of an emergency as you may be without assistance for some time. This can include items such as bottled water and nonperishable foods. Additionally, creating an emergency kit can help best prepare you for an emergency. Click here to learn more about what you should put in your emergency kit and how to create one.
If you have had to leave your home due to an evacuation order you will also need to notify your insurance company. Your local Westland office can help connect you with your insurance company.