Whenever I read about a natural disaster, my mind will play through various scenarios of how my family would deal with it. The last time I actually went so far as to do some research to see my family's level of preparedness.
I have included some of the best resources that I found. There is also a Family Capers list of tips to make this a family-centric activity.
- FEMA : make a plan
- FEMA : build a kit
- Comprehensive Planning Printout from Lexington County, SC
- CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website
- American Red Cross: Emergency-Specific Preparedness Information
Tips to make this a family activity
Tip #1 : Call a family meetingThe name "Emergency Preparedness" actually covers the most basic thing to do: PREPARE. Schedule a family meeting to discuss and document what your plan would be for disasters common to your area.
Tip #2 : Don't forget to pack the entertainmentI am constantly amazed at how much of our family entertainment has become based on electronic devices and the internet. Be sure that you have an ample supply of board and card games to play if you were without electricity, cable or internet for days.
Tip #3 : Get everyone involvedMake a large project for your family to build its emergency kit. Plan the list and assign parts to various family members to gather materials. This may take more than a week to complete.
Tip #4 : Spread the wordHave an E-Prep Party. Invite all of your friends and relatives to a party with the theme of being prepared for emergencies. Have each family that is invited specialize in a disaster and bring specific supplies and information about it. Create games and food based on these disasters.