For the past two months, Major League Baseball (MLB) teams have been gearing up for the upcoming season by participating in spring training. During this time, teams participate in a series of practices and exhibition games to ensure they are ready for opening day.
While we know opening day always commences at the beginning of April, we can’t always predict when a disaster might strike. Although baseball teams have spent the last two months getting ready for the regular season, it only takes a few hours to ensure you’re ready for future emergencies. Before MLB players step up to the plate for opening day, take time to make sure you’re prepared for when a disaster may come out of left field.
- Cover your bases: Before players take the field, each member knows their responsibilities during the game. Much like baseball players, it’s important for all household members to know their roles in the event of an emergency. Create a plan for responding to various threats and communicate it clearly so everyone knows what to do when disaster strikes. Make sure your plan covers all bases including unique needs of your pets, older loved ones and family members with special needs.
- Dodge wild pitches: Although batters aren’t always sure what pitch may come their way, they stay ahead of the game by knowing the opposing pitcher’s capabilities. Research various emergency scenarios to know how to respond if Mother Nature throws you a curve ball. Additionally, since disasters can develop quickly and with little to no warning, it is important to keep a reliable news source on hand, such as a NOAA Weather Radio or the Ready Georgia app, to stay weather-aware of conditions in your area.
- Keep plenty of supplies on-deck: From extra balls to water bottles, MLB teams make sure they have plenty of resources before the game begins. Before disaster occurs, make sure your Ready kit is fully stocked with supplies from your emergency checklist, including enough food and water to last you and your family for up to 72 hours.
In the event of a disaster, the main goal is to keep your family safe. If you take the time now to prepare, you’ll avoid striking out when unpredictable emergencies occur.