WASHINGTON (NNS) -- For many, spring brings a resurgence of energy and activity with the milder temperatures.
It is a perfect time to practice your family emergency plan and to re-evaluate and restock your emergency supply kit for the changing season. Although winter storms are becoming a fading memory, it is important to remember that weather and other hazards can be unpredictable. So spring into action as a Ready Navy Family and be ready for any hazard.
Be and Stay Informed: Learn about hazards that are common in spring months and most likely to happen in your area. The Ready Navy website "Be and Stay Informed" tabs offer specific instructions, information, and resources you may need to know regarding floods, tornadoes, man-made hazards, and emergency actions. Learn what you should know if you need to evacuate or take shelter in your home.
Make a Plan: As a family, make and refine your emergency plan so that everyone in the family understands what to do, where to go, and what to take in the event of any emergency. Practice your plan by conducting a drill where all family members must gather at your designated meeting place, exiting by various doors. Your emergency plan should also include how your family will communicate with each other, particularly if normal communication methods, such as phone lines or cell towers, are out. Road conditions and other hazards can limit ease of movement. Have a contact person outside the area who each member of the family can notify that they are safe, if separated. Place a call to your designated contact person to be sure he or she is willing to serve in that role. The Ready Navy website provides printable forms and contact cards to guide you in your planning.
Build a Kit: The best way to prepare for the unexpected is to have on hand one or more emergency kits that include enough water and non-perishable supplies for every family member to survive at least three days. Keep a kit prepared at home, and consider having kits in your car, at work, and a portable version in your home ready to take with you. These kits will enable you and your family to respond to any emergency more effectively. Make a game of kit building with your children. One idea is to have your children go on a scavenger hunt to find and gather necessary supplies around your house. Make note of items you are missing and shop together at your local installation commissary and NEX to complete your kit. History shows that children who are involved and informed with emergency planning are better able to react safely in an emergency.
For information about Ready Navy and tips, forms, and guidance to be prepared for and stay informed about all hazards, visit www.ready.navy.mil. Ready Navy is a CNIC-sponsored emergency preparedness program.