I realize that the majority of you that read here, already have a plan set in place. It is however important that we remember that not every one has been prepping for years. The following in a very basic start to a Family disaster plan. I thought it would be best to start at the beginning and add as we go along.
1. Know your Area
Even if you are not new to an area, you should contact your local civil defense office. They will be able to tell you what type of hazards occur in your area. They will also be able to tell you about their public warning systems, and things to keep an eye out for that might portend a potentially disastrous event.
2. Create a Plan
Talk with your family about what steps you need to take if such an event occurs. Decide where you should all meet if you happen to be separated. Not just one place within your neighborhood, but somewhere outside it, just in case you are unable to enter that area. It would also be a good idea to set up a network of out of state friends, someone that you can call and have a check in. That friend can relay messages to your separated family members as they call in.
3. Implementing your plan
Most of us know to have emergency contact numbers close by,and to teach our children when it is a good time to use those numbers. Have fire extinguishers and smoke alarms in good condition throughout the home.
Learn basic safety measures, such as CPR and first aid; how to use said fire extinguishers and how and when to turn off water, gas, and electricity in your home.
Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days. ( this is what is suggested, many of s will disagree about how much you will really need, but this is the basics, 3 days is a good start.)
Assemble a disaster supplies kit with items you may need in case of an evacuation. Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers, such as backpacks or duffle bags. Keep important family documents in a waterproof container. Keep a disaster supplies kit in the trunk of your car.
Practice and test your plans. Revise where you need to.