The past year has provided a crash course in disaster for Nebraska. Use what you learned to prepare for the next weather related disater.
All month long, we will share with you some great tips from the “Ready” campaign–which is a public service that helps people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies. Preparedness is one of the best defenses against forces we cannot control. Enabling yourself to best respond to disasters can help you to achieve the best outcome.
Week #2: Make A Plan
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know how to respond to various disasters. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these four questions with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan:
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.
As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:
- Different ages of members within your household
- Responsibilities for assisting others
- Locations frequented
- Dietary needs
- Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
- Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
- Pets or service animals
- Households with school-aged children
Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan.
Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.
Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household.
- Family Emergency Communication Guide (PDF)
- Emergency Plan for Families or (PDF)
- Emergency Plan for Kids or (PDF)
- Emergency Plan for Commuters (PDF)
- Pet owners (PDF)
- Steps to make a plan (PDF)
- Tips on emergency alerts and warnings (PDF)
- Protect Critical Documents and Valuables (PDF)
- Document and Insure Your Property (PDF)
- Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (PDF)
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Disaster Checklist (PDF)
Week #1: Prepare Your Finances for Natural Disasters
Planning ahead financially for a disaster can help to ease that burden after a disaster occurs. Taking the time now to collect and secure critical records offers peace of mind.
This brief video explains three helpful steps:
Plan Now, Don’t Act Later
Relating financial planning to your electric service–one major purchase consumers make immediately prior to, or after a disaster, is a portable generator. When that purchase decision is made in a time of desperation, the choice may not be the most suitable. It is important to think about how you will use a generator. Consider what your essentials are…a refrigerator, sump pump, portable heater, window air conditioner, etc. Then size it accordingly.
Generators can help you to save money by keeping essential appliances and devices in operation. But it pays off to assure that the money you spend results in the generator that meets your needs.