Two local representatives on Texas’ Youth Preparedness Council have begun work on their preparedness project. Grace Boyer and Cristal Longoria, both of Mart High School’s Teen CERT program, are writing articles for the local newspaper that focus on key preparedness topics for their community. Both Grace and Cristal are members of the 24-person Texas Youth Preparedness Council, established in late 2016. Check out their article below that was ran in the March 16, 2017 edition of the Mart Messenger!
Disaster Ready? No Problem!
By: Grace Boyer and Cristal Longoria
As uncommon as disaster may seem, it can strike anytime and anywhere. Are you prepared? Well, you might not be just yet, and that’s okay! After this, you will have the information you need to become prepared! Around here, we haven’t had many problems. Not many tornadoes or floods have occurred in the past 5 years. While that may make it seem like it’ll never happen, it is still important to have a disaster plan!
A disaster plan is what you’d do to prepare for a possible disaster. First off, you’ll need to stash some extra cash! You might not always have cash on you, and in the event of a disaster you’re definitely going to need it! So keeping an extra amount of money is good. Another thing to stash is your important documents. If you have home damage, you’ll need to have any documents you need to get the repairs you need.
You’ll need to educate your household on how to turn off utilities Utilities are things like your plumbing, your gas, and your electricity. You and your household members all need to know how to shut these things off in the event of a damaging situation. When damaged, utilities can be a danger if they’re left on.
Have an evacuation plan. How are you going to get out if needed? Where are you going to go? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself when making your plan. Drills are also good. Practice them with your family. If you can’t get out, have a backup plan of where you can seek shelter within your home. For example, a good place to be during a tornado is in something like a bathtub, away from windows, or at the most central point of your home.
Finally, learn to do first aid. This is by far the most important thing! Keep a first aid kit and know how to use it. This is in case you or someone around you gets injured during the disaster. After everything blows over, you’ll need to make sure your family is okay. A first aid kit will have all the tools you’ll need to fix any minor injuries acquired.
A disaster kit is also something you’ll need to have. Later on, we’ll discuss the contents of a disaster kit. Preparedness begins in your home. You can visit www.HOTready.com for more information about disasters!