One of the best ways we can be prepared ahead of time is to have an emergency go kit. This kind of kit should contain all the essential items we might need to survive for a few days. It will also need to be small enough that you can grab it and go quickly. This is important because there is not always a lot of warning when a disaster strikes.
Discussing as a household what to do in an emergency situation is another good way to prepare in advance. Knowing evacuation routes and meeting points etc. are among some of the things that the entire household should be aware of.
Depending on the type of natural disaster, a home can incur a lot of damage but, are there any ways we can prepare the home in advance and minimize the amount of damage that might happen? Keeping tree limbs and branches well-trimmed can help prevent them falling on roofs and power lines which will cause a lot of damage. It’s also good to repair any loose shingles on the roof, clear guttering and downspouts of dirt and debris and secure any items that would easily become projectiles in the event of high winds. Familiarize yourself with the location of shut off valves for utilities such as gas, electric and water. If your area is affected by a disaster, returning to the home will be less hazardous if these things have been turned off beforehand.
We hope that nobody has to cope with the effects of a natural disaster, however, being well prepared in advance will go a long way to keeping you and your household safe should one occur.