Disasters can strike anytime. When it does, having a family disaster plan can help. On the sidebar you will find information on various hazards that can affect Wisconsin and links and forms to assist you in your planning. Some basics are:
- Assembling a supply kit for at home and a "go kit"
- Communications plan
- Special considerations for the very young, elderly, and functional needs
- Important document safeguards, home inventory
Store communication plans and documents on mobile devices or the Cloud. Cloud storage that you can share access with everyone ensures the latest changes are there in one place; however, you must consider the possibility that internet access is unavailable due to downed towers or network overload. Have a backup plan! Email the plans to all involved to store on mobile devices and print a copy and put it in your Go Kit as well.
Many insurance companies now have mobile apps for home inventory. Having an inventory of your assets will speed insurance claims and provide documentation for tax deductions you can claim for your losses. Take photos or video as well and store on the cloud or flash drive. Store the flash drive away from your home such as in a safety deposit box.
The very young, elderly, and people with disabilities have functional needs to take into consideration when preparing a supply kit and evacuation or shelter-in-place. Ready.gov has specific planning ideas for all of these groups and others.
You may not have access to your regular healthcare provider(s) during a disaster. Check with your insurer about their procedures for medical care if you are displaced and emergency prescription refills.
Your pets and other animals need a plan in the event of a disaster. When compiling your family disaster supplies kit, make sure you include food, water, medication, and bedding for your pets. If you evacuate your home do not leave your pets behind. Pets most likely will not survive on their own, or they may not be there when you return. Keep in mind if you go to a public shelter that your animals may not be allowed inside so you need to have an alternate place to bring your pet.
FEMA has a library of videos on YouTube that you can view.
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