home emergency preparedness
by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District

Natural disasters (or actions of nature) are regarded as the outcome of a natural hazard which impacts human activities. They can be termed a calamity if they cause environmental, monetary or human loss because of lack of preparation or lack of proper emergency management.

Actions of nature come in many diverse kinds. Land movement catastrophes contain volcanic eruptions and avalanches, earthquakes, lahars, landslides, mudflows.

Natural disasters in many cases are associated. Drought can result in disorder and famine, quakes under the ocean cause tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions can lead to fires and lahars ravaging the land. All these natural disasters can cause environmental crises. They could strike without warning and swiftly.

Emergency management or disaster management requires preparing for a catastrophe before it occurs. You can’t place a crisis on hold. Company, school and every family desires an Emergency Plan.

As part of your crisis strategy you should consider the following guidelines:

– Safe departures from your house, school, place of business and area
– Meeting places to reunite with family members, roommates, coworkers, etc.
– A designated individual to pick up your kids if you’re unable to do so
– A place for your pet(s) to remain
– Contact person(s) close by and out of town
– Relevant health tips for you, your family and pet (s)
– Place of fire extinguishers, water and gas shut off valves, electrical box and floor drain
– Potential threats in your place

What you’ve got on hand when a catastrophe occurs could make the difference between surviving or not surviving the Crisis. It truly is significant to have an emergency survival kit which contains all the merchandises families (schools or companies) would should comfortably stand firm against a crisis scenario.

Some things to consider for your survival kit should contain:

– simple-carry backpack or duffel bag
– emergency food and water for 72 hours (3 days)
– first aid kit, drugs (if demanded)
– torch(s ) and batteries, emergency whistle
– heavy duty leather work gloves, disposable vinyl gloves
– FM radio and batteries or crank radio (no batteries needed)
– tooth paste and toothbrush (one per individual)
– disposable shavers (double- blade), antibacterial deodorant soap
– paper tissues and toilet paper rolls, terry towel(s)
– multi purpose scissors, note pad(s) with pencil(s) and pencil sharpener
– rain poncho(s), tube- tent, emergency blanket(s) to retain body heat
– camping stove – may also be used as heat-source
– waterproof matches
– pocket warmers, comfy shoes, extra clothes
– some additional cash


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