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5 Tips Military Spouses Can Use to Prepare for Disasters

Natural disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. Its important to know what to do in those type of situations. Events like wildfires, floods, hurricanes earthquakes and power outages make headlines in  the news and social media platforms. Many of the effects left behind after a natural disasters are not only of physical destruction but also the emotional effects of loss and displacement of families. Your spouse might be deployed or training away from home when a natural disaster strikes and it will be up to you to protect yourself and your family.

Here are 5 key tips to remember when preparing for disasters:

1)  Plan Before Disaster Strikes

It best to create a plan and know what do when something happens. I love the American Red Cross’s “Be Red Cross Ready” program. Everything you need to know about planning for a disaster is on this one website.

 

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2)  Know your Resources

Military OneSource is the central point of contact for distribution of information and referral services for service members, select Department of Defense civilians and their families. Following the declaration of a crisis or disaster situation, Military OneSource will provide current information and access to services and resources to assist in preparation or recovery. Visit he resources, tools and articles online to learn how to prepare and recover from a crisis or disaster situation.

3)  Build an Emergency Kit

Its important to have supplies you need if you are caught in a natural disaster. Food, water, batteries, candles, basically anything that can help you get through a few days without going to the store or using electricity. Depending on the natural disaster local roads could be blocked making it impossible for you to get to the store and buy things. So its a good idea to be prepare ahead of time.

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4)  Stay Informed

It’s important that you and your family know what to do before, during, and after an emergency. This means understanding what emergencies are likely in your area and specific ways to respond to each one. You should also understand the ways you can get information about potential threats, such as through text alerts, emergency sirens in your community, or other methods.

In addition to understanding how you will be informed of potential threats, you need to understand the difference between various weather alerts:

A watch gives advance notice that conditions are favorable for dangerous weather. If a severe storm watch or other type of watch is issued for your area, be alert for changing weather conditions.

A warning requires immediate action and is only used when severe weather is about to strike.

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5)  Know your risk level

Its best to understand what your risk level is for disasters in the area where you live. Recognizing an impending hazard and knowing what to do to protect yourself and your family will help you take effective steps to prepare beforehand and aid recovery after the event.

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Remember it’s always better to be prepared than to be caught off guard. Also, by being prepare you may be able help others in need.

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