Preparing Makes Sense for Military Families

Preparing Makes Sense for Military Families


Being prepared for an emergency is
every American’s responsibility. But for military personnel and their
families it’s especially important. In most cases, when an emergency is
determined, the military is the first responders. Unlike their counterparts,
who can stay in a community and support their families, the military’s often
pulled away, being called to duty if you will, or already deployed. So
they’re not there for when response is required. So being prepared, in
advance, is critical for the military family and the spouses. Take a few minutes to check out the
information on Ready.gov specifically addressing members of the military and
their families. You’ll find tips and tools that make
getting prepared easy. Military families move around a lot
and they have a lot of things to think about, to adjust to, and to consider
when moving, and one important thing that should be at the top of the list
is preparing for emergencies in case they arise. No matter where you live in the world,
there is a natural or man-made disaster that could strike without warning. Become familiar with those potential
emergencies, and prepare ahead of time for those specific events as much as
possible. If you live in a hurricane zone, be
prepared, and have those boards required for boarding up your windows,
already pre-cut and holes already drilled into those boards. If you live
in a flood zone for example, have the sandbags available. The necessary tools,
and a source of sand accessible to fill those sandbags. Every minute counts
in time of emergency or disaster. Take a moment to sit down together with
family members and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where
you will go, and what you will do in the event of an emergency. In making a family emergency plan,
discuss things as far as how do you communicate in case a disaster happens?
What’s the means of communication, how do you do it? Where do we go, in case
of emergencies, and what do you do? Compile emergency contact information
for the members of your family and the places they spend their time. You should inquire about emergency
plans, and make sure your emergency plan data includes things like the
spouse’s or the service member’s place of work. If you have kids, day care
centers, the schools, how do you best ensure you can have contact quickly and
efficiently? Understanding the mass notification
system at your duty station will help you stay informed in the event of a
disaster. It may be a voice over a loud speaker, an email or phone system, or a
broadcast on television networks. Pick a reliable friend or family member
who lives out of state to be the contact person you each get in touch
with in case you’re unable to reach one another directly. Once you’ve established your plan,
start to put together an emergency kit with enough supplies to take care of
your family for three days. Most of what you will need will be
available at your base commissary, BX, or any local grocery or hardware store. A standard emergency kit includes
water, food and medicine to sustain all members of your household including
pets for at least three days. Visit Ready.gov for a complete list of
suggested items along with recommendations for how to prepare a
family emergency plan. If you live overseas, your kit may need
to include additional items like passports and cash in the local
currency. Lists of basic items and suggested
additional items for military personnel are available on Ready.gov And don’t forget to maintain your kit
and plan throughout the year, replacing items prior to their expiration and
keeping contact information current. Being in the military, we understand,
“mission ready,” being a concept valuing training and preparation. It’s
the heartbeat of the military. Being prepared, and knowing what to do
in a crisis, makes all the difference in the world. Each second counts. It’s
your responsibility as a service member to ensure your family is ready and
prepared for any crisis. Check out the information for military
families on Ready.gov and get started preparing today!

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