What To Do During A Natural Disaster

In light of the recent tragedies that has been happening one after the other in our world lately, I decided to post this. Please take a moment to read through and share with your family members and loved ones.

1. Be Informed
  • Listen to local radio and television stations for forecasts and emergency instructions. Post the dial/channel listings of these stations for easy access.
  • Keep phone lines open to notify local authorities of fires, flash floods, tornado sightings, injuries or damage. Do not use the telephone to obtain emergency information.
  • Learn your children's school and/or day care center emergency plans.
  • Learn your worksite's emergency plans.
  • Post all emergency plans/phone numbers in a prominent place.
  • Learn your community's evacuation routes, as some hazards may force you to leave your home. This is especially important for those in low-lying areas where flood waters could make roads impassable.
  • Learn first aid. Professional medical assistance may not be immediately available.
2. Develop A Family Plan

Conduct family meetings and discuss hazards that may affect our area. Talk about what each family member should do in each of these emergencies. Put the plan in writing and see that everyone in the family has a copy. Parents should carefully explain safety rules to their children.

  • Teach family members about smoke detectors and how to maintain them. Select a predesignated place to meet outside if a sudden emergency like a fire forces you out of the house. Conduct evacuation drills periodically.
  • Go from room to room and imagine what would happen to furniture, appliances, fixtures, and objects during disasters. Identify "safe" areas in each room such as in doorways or under sturdy tables in earthquakes, or interior bathrooms or closets on the lowest floor for tornadoes. Identify all potential exits for each room. Check for frayed electrical cords or overloaded circuits. Don't keep rags or paper goods near electrical equipment or flammable materials.
  • Teach responsible family members how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at main switches.
  • Decide on an alternate location at which to meet if an emergency happens while your family is away from the home and they cannot return.
  • Select someone outside your immediate area to act as a central point of contact for your relatives and friends who may try to call you following a disaster, as you may not have telephone service. As soon as some means of communication becomes available, get word of your situation to the contact person.
3. Stockpile Food and Supplies

An emergency could isolate you in your home for several days. Make sure you have on hand at least a five-day supply of food and water for each family member. Store water is sealed, unbreakable containers.

Since refrigeration and cooking facilities may not be available, foods should be non-perishable goods such as canned or sealed-package items. Rotate foods into your regular pantry supplies and replace stored water every few months.

Other items you may want to keep stocked for emergency use:

  • Special medicines or foods required by family members -- such as insulin, prescription medicines, baby food, or food required for special or limited diets.
  • Battery-powered radio and flashlight and extra batteries for each.
  • A first aid kit and manual. Your local fire department, rescue squad, or local American Red Cross chapter can offer advice about items you should include in your kit.
  • Fire-fighting equipment to suppress small fires, including an all-purpose, 5-lb. fire extinguisher (rated A-B-C).
  • Fuel heating device. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and make sure there is adequate ventilation to avoid build-up of hazardous fumes.
For more information, visit this site: http://www.nahb.org/generic.aspx?genericContentID=297

What should be in your first aid kit?
  1. pocket mask/ face shield
  2. band-aids, gauzes, and dressings
  3. antiseptic
  4. lighter
  5. alcohol
  6. hand sanitizer
  7. thermometer
  8. cotton swab
  9. space blanket/ emergency blanket (foil blanket)
  10. aspirin
  11. paracetamol
  12. antihistamine
  13. oral rehydration salts
  14. smelling salts
  15. loperamide
  16. aloe vera gel/ burn cream
  17. petroleum jelly
Hope all of you, including your loved ones and family members are safe. Let us all continue to pray for our brothers and sisters who are greatly affected by this recent disaster.


ive been praying, my boyfriend is half japanese, so he has some family over there, its 4am in the states now so we haven't heard anything.
this is a really good post, and well needed.
i hope they're okay. i've seen some photos of japan on the news, looks like water from tsunami has subsided already in some areas and everyone in tokyo disneyland is safe. you can go to google friend/ people finder i think, to search for people missing in Japan.
Michelle said…
It's all so scary. :( I hope everything ends up being okay. :(
I hope you and your loved ones are ok! I have a good friend who just few to Japan with her baby to see her parents. I haven't heard from her yet, so hopefully they are ok, too!
DeBi said…
I hope nothing like that would happen to us...but who knows? its better to be always safe.
lawyerdoll said…
I'm watching the news about the earthquake an Japan and the pending tsunamis. Please let us know that you are OK.

Have they hit the Phillippines yet?
Caro P. said…
Thanks for sharing this! Hope u and your loved ones are all Ok, i heard the tsunami may hit the Phillipines.
Let us know about u!
Big kiss and lots of prayers
Caro from TheFashionImaginarium
Moniek said…
Great post girl, everyone should know what they have to do...
This is all really scary. Thanks for this post, it's very important to teach and remind people what should be done during such a crisis.
My heart and prayers go out to everyone effected, hope you're good...
Noortje said…
omg that is so scary! thanks for posting this.. xoxo
Anonymous said…
Omg.... poor people!! Interesting this post!! honestly, i had no idea!!
Thanks for sharing it!!

Ar-Ar Malalis said…
I hope you and your loved ones are doin good. this is nice post,something that we should all get aware of.
strawberrach said…
This is really good advice, I hope everyone has these things prepared!
Sara said…
This is a very good post, nice and informative and you did a lot of research.
Fashion Mom said…
what a lovely and good post. Thank you for sharing this to us xxx
Jamie-Lee Burns said…
this is such a great post, very informative. With all the natural disasters happening it is so much better to be prepared!
thank you for sharing! it's such a coincidence bc my husband was just talking to me earlier today about preparing for such events that may happen in the future. you never know what's going to happen...

anyhow, thanks for stopping by! i appreciate your comment on your blog :) hope to hear from you again soon... would love to have you as a follower. i'll be sure to do the same!

Unknown said…
pray for japan

xoxo from rome
theversastyle said…
very helpful in times like this..

so sad about japan.. always tears me up thinking about it.
Ria said…
I've been lucky in that all of my friends over there are safe. Information like this is so important though even for me because I live in South Florida and we are prone to destructive hurricanes.
Joanna Paulsen said…
Thanks for tip! Thank God all my family and friends are safe.