Have you ever solved a puzzle by starting at the end and then worked your way to the beginning? By beginning a task with having the end results in mind, you can be sure that you are taking all of the necessary steps while having a clear understanding of what you are trying to accomplish. January 31 is National Backward Day and it is a great opportunity to take this problem solving tactic and apply it to your emergency preparedness efforts.
- Envision the outcome: In the state of Georgia, residents can find themselves in a variety of unfavorable emergency situations ranging from crippling freezes and ice storms to earthquakes and tornados. Research each of these weather threats to find out what they could entail. This will help you create a mental picture of what you and your family may encounter.
- Create a plan: Now that you’ve envisioned the worst, make a plan to stay safe in the face of it. If a tornado were you occur, do you know where you and your family would seek shelter? What if you had to evacuate your home, do you know where to go? Develop a strategy on what you and your family would need to do if you found yourselves in all emergency situations. Remember, your plan for one emergency could vary greatly from another. Be sure to communicate these plans to your family and make sure everyone has a clear understanding of their roles in the plans.
- Distinguish “needs” versus “wants”: If you were to find yourself in an emergency situation, what items are vital for you to have? Every person is unique which means their disaster preparedness items in their Ready kits would be as well. Think about the items you and your family would need in order to safely weather any kind of emergency, then store them in a safe area.
While we may not be able to fully predict the future nor the weather, we are fully capable of taking proactive measures to ensure that we are as prepared as possible if a disaster were to occur. By taking time to envision each disaster, creating a plan that caters to each and making sure that you have all of the proper items in your Ready kit, you can ensure that you and your family are prepared.