Be Prepared: Know & Practice Emergency Sheltering
Do1Thing is a resource that provides one manageable task per month to help you prepare for an emergency or disaster.
The goal for March: Know how to follow instructions for evacuation or emergency sheltering.
In a disaster, you might be asked to either evacuate or shelter in place. If you have a sheltering plan and practice with your family, you’ll be more comfortable following instructions if there is an emergency.
Here are some ways that Do1Thing recommends preparing:
- Identify the best storm shelter in your home and practice getting there.
- Avoid windows and large ceiling expanses, and make sure it’s a large enough area. Read more.
- Learn how to safely shelter in place, in the event that it is dangerous to go outside.
- Make a go-bag to take with you to an emergency shelter.
- Include a pillow and blanket, medications, ID, and a change of clothes. Read more.
More emergency sheltering tips: NJ Office of Emergency Management
This post is adapted from Do1Thing. Read about March’s task here.
The time to prepare is not after an emergency strikes.