Develop a Family Disaster Plan
September is National Preparedness month. Utilities such as LCEC practice year-round for possible disasters. Unless you have come face-to-face with a natural disaster, it can seem unnecessary or even a bit paranoid to make a plan for a possible catastrophe. However, keeping your family safe during a disaster is a top priority. Developing a family disaster plan is the best way to ensure that your family is prepared and protected before a natural disaster strikes. Preparation could make the difference between life and death.
Following are some tips to help you develop your plan.
–Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
–Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
–Choose an out-of-state friend as a “family check-in contact” for everyone to call if the family gets separated and so other members of your family can check on you.
–Contact the Lee County Emergency Management to learn about evacuation plans – and remember it usually depends on the direction of the storm.
–Learn how and when to turn off the water, and electricity in your home.
–Finally, assemble a disaster supply kit with items you may need after the storm.
–Visit www.ready.gov for more information about developing your plan.
For more information, visit www.lcec.net or call 239-656-2300 or 1-800-599-2356.