When the Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1, Convoy of Hope will continue to keep a close watch on the weather and make preparations to respond when disaster strikes.
One of the most important things you and your family can do to stay safe during a natural disaster is to prepare ahead of time.
Preparedness is not merely putting aside a case of water and some ramen noodles. It requires thinking through scenarios, anticipating potential needs, and taking practical action toward preparing for those needs.
Here are some things that Convoy of Hope recommends you do.
Create a Preparedness Kit
- Include one gallon of water per person in your family for three days.
- Include three days’ worth of non-perishable food per person in your family.
- Add flashlights, blankets, shoes, and rain gear for each person.
- Account for personal hygiene items by including a one-gallon, sealable bag of necessary items per person.
- Be sure to include one weeks’ worth of vital prescriptions.
- Use portable, waterproof storage to house important documents. They could be digital or physical copies that you entrust to a loved one.
Stay Educated & Aware of Surroundings
- Explore the possibility of first aid, CPR, and other disaster preparedness courses.
- Remain up to date on weather monitoring.
- Apps like Emergency Red Cross and NOAA Weather Radar can help.
Planning ahead for inclement weather is vital for safety. When speaking with survivors, Convoy consistently hears the sentiment, “We never thought it would happen to us.”
With a bit of preparation, you can provide peace of mind and an extra measure of protection for you and your household. As you think through your disaster preparedness plan, download our Family Preparedness Guide for important information to help you plan ahead.