Is your family prepared if a disaster strikes?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Tornadoes, fires, floods, there are plenty of devastating events you need to prepare for. Is your family ready to deal with a disaster? If you’re like most people the answer is no!

But, clinical psychologist Dr. Josh Klapow says now is the time you should make preparations for a disaster, while you’re not dealing with one. “During a disaster, our stress levels are high, our emotions are running wild, and it’s hard to think and concentrate. So having a simple plan now, when there is no disaster, will put you into action mode when a disaster does strike.”

Dr. Josh offers this advice to prepare for a disaster.

  • Be informed about disasters in your area: which ones are most likely to occur, and how you will be notified.
  • Create an evacuation plan: so your family knows the escape routes from your home and a safe place to meet outside of the home.
  • Create an emergency kit: with things like flashlights, batteries, first-aid, weather radio, bottled water, and non-perishable food items.

All this, and your family will be better prepared if disaster strikes.

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