There’s very little downside to being prepared for the worst. When you begin thinking this way you suddenly realize how many holes you may have in your line of defense. I know my family is busy at work preparing our home. If done correctly you’ll put your family on high ground so to speak. This should help get you on the right track. Daniel Lippman tells you more about preparing your family for natural disaster in The Wall Street Journal.
1. Make a Plan
Create an emergency plan, detailing where you and family members would meet up after a disaster and how you’d stay in touch. Also designate an out-of-state contact whom people can call if they’re unable to get to the meeting spot.
Next, put together a disaster kit and store it in a place all family members can easily access. The disaster kit should include nonperishable food items and water for your family to last 72 hours, a first-aid kit, a flashlight and batteries. Also be sure to keep some cash on hand in case you can’t access a bank or ATM.