No matter how many food and supplies you have saved up for an emergency. It's all pointless you don't know what to do in an actual emergency situation. The most important thing is the safety of you and your loved ones so having a plan and practicing that plan regularly will greatly increase your preparedness in the unfortunate case of something going horribly wrong. Thankfully, many of these drills and plans are easy to practice, they can even be fun.The Basics
No matter what the emergency is, the first thing that you and your family need is a place to meet in case you become separated. That will take so much guess out of wondering where people are. If they are not at the meeting place in a reasonable amount of time, then you can assume something has happened and can move on to take appropriate action from that point. A few things that you should keep in mind while considering different meeting places for different drills are:
- Easy to remember
- Relatively close to your home
- How long you will wait for people to arrive before you go for help
These are the most basic steps when it comes to finding a meeting point. One point that I do want to stress is that the more you practice getting to your meeting point the easier it will be to remember for everyone involved. This is especially true for children. It's also important that after you practice your drill you speak to everyone about any questions or concerns they have about running the drill in the event of an actual emergency. Communication is vital, especially so during an emergency so it's much better to figure things out and answer questions when lives aren't at stake.Fires
They are one of the most dangerous emergencies that can strike at home. A fire can break out from anything from poor cooking procedures to electrical malfunctions and if you don't have a plan for what to do then you could lose so much more than just a home. So what are some of the steps to take when having a fire drill?
- Make a meeting point
- Teach everyone to stop, drop and roll
- Keep fire extinguishers handy and know where they are
- Make an escape route and practice it regularly
It's also important to do a little bit of studying about how fires behave. Things like covering your mouth and nose with a damp cloth will make breathing easier in the flames or never opening a doorknob that's too hot to handle are just a few lifesaving tips.Earthquake
They might be something that happens everywhere, but earthquakes can be a real danger especially if you are unfamiliar with them. But the truth is that they can happen anywhere and anytime. So what are some of the things you should tell your family to do in the event of a large earthquake?
- Get under a desk, doorframe or table and hold on
- Stay away from glass and large furniture
- Develop and follow an evacuation plan
Like with all of the other drills that are suggested here, it's important that you practice regularly with your family. Doing this will bring your family closer together and help give them skills that that they will use for the rest of their life. If you have any suggestions or want to share some of the drills that you do with your family I'd love to discuss them in the comments section! Let me know what you think and stay safe out there.Naomi Broderick is a home safety savant who spends her days chasing her kids and providing ADT Security in Bakersfield California.