Disaster Preparedness

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

Don’t let a natural disaster catch you unprepared.  Help Your Family Prepare Before a Disaster.

Don’t be reluctant to talk with your family about the possibility of a hurricane, fire, tornado, or flood. Thought and action before the disaster hits usually helps family members react wisely. Families that work together to prepare for the problem will cope better than those who do not take precautions. Consider how your children might react in a disaster, how you might react, and how the crisis could affect each person’s emotional and physical well-being. Plan in advance for how to deal with a crisis situation.

• Make emergency plans as outlined by the Civil Service, Red Cross, or other disaster team.

• Discuss and practice these plans with your family before a disaster strikes.

•Work together to help your children or other dependents understand the procedures. These steps will allow each family member to think through a potential crisis situation without the tension of a real emergency.

You can learn more about, storing water, no cook foods, dealing with pets and more by going to our website at www.ces.ncsu.edu/disaster.

Spring Williams-Byrd
County Extension Director