7 Simple Ways to Start Preparing for Emergencies

Kerstin Bean
23 October 2020, LDSC Blog Writer

Natural and manmade disasters come in all varieties; yet one thing they have in common is the uncertainty they bring to our everyday lives. No matter how we prepare, some disasters will cause far-reaching damage out of our control. However, there are things you can do now to prepare and to manage some of the stress that comes with the impact of an emergency.

Getting Started

One way to prepare for a disaster is to make an emergency plan. Some areas of preparedness, such as financial preparation, home and food storage, and emotional preparedness, can prepare your family for a variety of emergencies. Depending on your geographic location, you may also be able to identify which types of disasters are most likely to occur, how they may disrupt your daily activities or routine, and what you can do to prepare for them.

When thinking about disruptions that might affect your life, consider personal emergencies, such as job loss or the death of a family member, in addition to large-scale disasters such a fire, tsunami, or pandemic.

Here are more ways to prepare:

The following ideas are things you can do to be more prepared. Applying these ideas might vary depending on the country you live in or your circumstances. This list isn’t exhaustive, but it can help you begin:

Emergency Preparedness:

  • Designate a family gathering place or shelter in case of specific disasters or separation.
  • Prepare a portable emergency supply kit to include a change of clothes, food and water supplies, medications, comfort items (like books or toys for children), a light source, and a phone charger.
  • Think about how you would communicate with your family during an emergency. Memorize a few important phone numbers.

Financial Preparedness:

  • Establish an emergency fund by saving a little money each week. Store a portion of funds along with important documents and pictures in a fireproof and waterproof container.

Home Storage:

  • Invest in a short-term food supply that includes foods that are part of your normal diet. Consider growing a garden to supplement this food supply.

Emotional Preparedness:

Benefits of Preparedness

When you identify your needs before a potential disaster, you have more choices available to you. You will have greater peace of mind and will also be able to have access to lifesaving supplies that may otherwise be inaccessible or in short supply during an emergency. Planning and preparing now will help you be equipped to help yourself, your family, and your community.