What to Remember When Creating a Family Emergency Response Plan

Creating an emergency response plan saves lives. Households that are prepared for any disaster have a higher chance of surviving and getting away unscathed. However, in order for the emergency response plan to be effective, families need to devise tactics that are favorable to their situation.

If you're planning to create an emergency response plan but don't know where to begin, try applying the following methods to get you started:

Have a Plan for Every Disaster

Fire Safety Tips for Properties

Disasters come in all types, strengths, and sizes. Floods, fires, and storms could happen at any moment so having a response plan for each disaster will help your family escape the situation smoothly. Not all disasters require the same emergency response plan procedure. In an event of a flood, it’s better to stay upstairs than run out and face the torrents. During a fire, your first instinct has to be getting outside as soon as possible. If you’re experiencing a strong storm, you need to take shelter ahead of time and stay away from windows and glass doors. Knowing the right thing to do during a specific disaster prevents injuries and lessens property damage.

It’s also a good idea to practice your emergency response plan twice a year. Doing the drills regularly will keep your family and visitors synced, so when the real thing comes you’re ready to act.

Give Each Member a Role

It's good to give your family members a role to play to ease and quicken the evacuation process. Teamwork is important during disasters and when your family works together, no one will be left behind in your home. You can give the responsibility of watching over toddlers to your eldest children while the adults are given the task of clearing the escape route for the whole family. You can distribute other responsibilities like gathering supplies and important documents to other members, so think of the strengths and weaknesses of you family members and use that to your advantage.

Assign Proper Exits and Meeting Places

When creating an escape plan, you need to remember your property’s architecture. You need to locate which exits are easiest to get to so your family members can evacuate quickly. Also, it helps to look for an open space where your household can meet at after the disaster. The area needs to be a good distance from your property so it’s reachable but far enough so the disaster won’t affect it. 

Stock up on Supplies and Emergency Kits

Make it a habit to stock up on supplies even when there are no signs of an oncoming storm. Having enough food, water, and emergency flashlights ensure your survival – especially in an event your family winds up trapped in your property. It’s also good to prepare everyone an emergency kit. In this kit, you can find the individual’s information, important documents (e.g. IDs, passports, etc.) and enough food and water to last at least 3 days. The kit will help family members who got separated or lost during the disaster.

If you need to know what essentials to put in your stockpile, here’s a checklist to help you out:

  • Non-perishable food and water to last three to five days for everyone
  • Manual can opener
  • Camping stove and appropriate fuel source
  • Batteries and flashlights
  • Other light sources (e.g. outdoor lamp)
  • Radio
  • Warm clothing
  • Medical supplies

Install Equipment and Apply Procedures that Help You Avert the Disaster

You don’t always have to run outside to avoid the disaster. You also have the ability to stop the calamity from occurring or weaken its effects, by installing proper disaster prevention equipment and applying preventive measures. Systems like fire alarms and smoke detectors will alert you when there’s a fire afoot, and fire extinguisher helps you quell the flames. Boarding up before the storm arrives prevents shattering of glass and siding damage. When you think that your property might be flooded, it’s good to turn off the main power switch to avoid electrocutions. Doing the right thing before the situation gets out of hand gives you a greater chance of survival.

Have Emergency Contact Numbers Ready

It’s good to have emergency contacts stored on your phone or emergency kits. Having the numbers for the police or fire department within your reach prevents the disaster from getting worse. You can also put phone numbers of nearby family members so your family has an alternative location to meet or spend the night in case your building is devastated.

Check the News

Always check the news for weather reports or catastrophes like forest fires. The news warns you from disasters that are approaching in your area, giving you enough time to act on the proper emergency response plan.

With the perfect family emergency response plan, you and your household are ready to get out of any disaster. Just remember to stay calm and put your plan into practice.

In any event that the disaster has devastated your property, don’t hesitate to contact Dreyer’s DKI. Our company offers several restoration services, and an emergency response program that never fails. Give us a call at 352-403-0350 and we’ll be on our way. Our emergency services are available 24/7 and cater to properties in Gainesville, Ocala, and Lake City, Florida.