Become Disaster Resilient
Do One Thing
Preparing yourself for an emergency situation can be an overwhelming task. We all ask questions like, "What emergency do we prepare for first?", "What's the most important needs of myself or my family?"
Many of us are more prepared than we think. We all have the necessary things around our home to sustain us in an emergency, however we all may not know what those are or where they are when the time calls.
The website www.do1thing.com
has put together a comprehensive plan to get ready over a years time and within your budget. Every month there is a topic to review or task to complete. By the end of the year you will be feel confident about making through the unthinkable.
We have outlined below 12 things to think about:
#1 Make a Plan
Disasters change things. When an emergency happens you may have to
decide what to do very quickly, while you are worrying about what might
happen. By planning ahead, it will be easier to make the right decisions
when the worst happens.
Some of the things you can plan our are:
For more information on making a plan, please visit http://do1thing.com/topics/plan.
- Plan what to do if you have to evacuate
- Take steps now to prevent damage to your home in a disaster
- Learn what disasters can happen in your area and decide what you will do in those instances.
#2 Store Water
Whether you get water from a municipal water system or your home has a
private well, your water supply depends on having power to operate the
system. During a power outage—or any disaster that can cause a power
outage, such as high winds, ice storm, or flood—you may find yourself
without drinkable water.
For more information on storing water, please visit http://do1thing.com/topics/water
In a disaster you may be asked to either evacuate or
shelter-in-place. In the excitement of an emergency, it can be difficult to
focus on what you are doing. Know what to do to keep your family safe. Practice
your tornado and fire safety plans. If your family has practiced, they will be
more comfortable doing it when the emergency actually happens.
For more information on sheltering, please visit http://do1thing.com/topics/sheltering
An emergency food supply doesn’t have to sit on a
shelf, ready for disaster to strike (although it can). It can be part of the
food you use every day. The key to a good food storage plan is to buy ahead of
time. Replace items before they run out. Buy items when they are on sale. A
plastic tub with a lid makes a great storage place for an emergency food supply.
Make sure your family, including pets, will have what they need when disaster
For more information on emergency food supplies, visit http://do1thing.com/topics/food
Disasters can happen at any time. If you are away from
home do you know where to find safe shelter locations? Do you know what the
emergency procedures are for your child’s school or for your workplace?
Will people who count on you know what to do if you can’t reach them? Know
how to make sure you and your loved ones are safe in a disaster, no matter where
Learn more: The “Emergency Supplies” fact
sheet has more information about making emergency kits for work and school.
#6 Unique Family Needs
Every household is different. Is there an infant or
young child in your home? Does someone in your family have a medical condition
that requires medication? Do you have a pet? Before disaster strikes, talk to
your family about your household’s unique needs. Make a list of special
items you may need in a disaster.
For more information on unique family needs, visit http://do1thing.com/topics/family.
#7 Community Communication Plan
Today we have more ways to speak with one another than
ever before. We are used to staying in touch with cell phones, internet,
and email, but disasters can change things. These devices may not be
available. Cell phone towers quickly become overloaded with people
trying to reach friends and family. If the power is out at your home,
cordless phones, internet, and email will not work either.
For more information on unique family needs, visit http://do1thing.com/topics/communication
#8 Get Involved
It takes more than police, fire and EMS to respond to a
disaster. It takes people who are committed to neighborhoods, churches, schools
and volunteer organizations. When people are willing to work together for the
good of others, communities are stronger.
People who are involved are the key to a disaster resilient
community. They are willing and able to look out for themselves and others. A
resilient community is one that can withstand a disaster and get back to normal
quickly (even if normal isn’t the same as it was before).
community preparedness starts at home. If you know that your family is prepared
at home, you will be better able to help others in your community.
For more information on what you can do to become more involved, please visit
#9 Be Informed
Getting correct information during an emergency is the
key to taking safe action. Someone in your household may not be able to receive,
understand, or act on emergency information. Think about what special needs your
household may have. Take action now to make sure everyone in your family will be
safe in an emergency.
Things to consider…
For more information, visit http://do1thing.com/topics/informed.
Emergency news or weather broadcasts may not be closed captioned.
Information that is shown on screen may not be spoken aloud.
voices and voices over loud speakers may be hard to understand.
Information comes quickly and the stress of a disaster may make it hard to
understand or remember instructions.
- Words moving across the bottom of
a television screen may move very quickly.
- The screen color or color
of the text might make some information on television hard to read.
We count on electricity for heat, food, and medical needs. Many gas appliances even need electricity to run. A power outage is an emergency that often follows another emergency—like a hurricane, tornado, or winter storm. That makes it even more important to be prepared in advance.
Power Outage Safety
For more information on power emergencies, please visit http://do1thing.com/topics/power
- Discard food if the temperature in your refrigerator exceeds 40 degrees for more than 2 hours.
- Stay away from downed power lines and anything they are in contact with such as fences or buildings.
- Never drive over downed power lines; they may be energized.
- Never use charcoal or gas grills inside a structure. You may be overcome by carbon monoxide.
- If you must use candles, be sure to use them safely. Never leave candles burning unattended.
#11 Emergency Supplies
Any emergency is easier to handle when you have
prepared ahead of time. Put together an emergency kit with important items to
keep at home, and a go bag with items you will need to take with you if you
evacuate. Think about what you and your family would need in a disaster. You can
make kits for your home, car or workplace. Emergencies can happen anywhere.
When severe weather is predicted, make sure your car has a full tank of gas.
You don’t want to wait in line for gas if you are told to evacuate. Some
storms may also knock out electricity, causing gas stations to close.
For more information on Emergency Supply Kits, please visit http://do1thing.com/topics/supplies
#12 First Aid
An emergency can happen at any time and any place. Many public places have a first aid kit, oxygen, or an AED
(automated external defibrillator) to treat people. These items can only save lives if someone knows how to use them. Actions you take in the first few minutes after an injury or other medical incident may save someone’s life.
For more information on preparing to give first aid, please visit