ST. LOUIS, MO (September 1, 2017) – A devastating event like Hurricane Harvey should make us aware of how vital it is to prepare for disasters of all types.
To stay prepared, be aware of possible emergencies that could happen in your area and the best ways to respond. Think about your daily needs and responsibilities and how you would handle these in the event of a disaster. This will help you create an emergency plan that works for you and your family. Things to consider include how to care for elderly relatives with special health needs, how to care for pets and how to coordinate with your child’s daycare facility in the event of an emergency. These types of issues should be addressed before disaster strikes.
What to have on hand
Following a disaster, you may be without electricity, gas, water and phone service for a few days, a week or more. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests that you include the following items in an emergency supply kit:
You should also create a communication plan with family members. One of the first things you should decide is whether you will stay home or evacuate. If your family is not together, you should determine how to contact each other. FEMA suggests that pet owners contact a local animal shelter or talk to a veterinarian to find out about safe emergency options.
Different types of disasters require specific preparations. You can learn more about how to prepare for these events by visiting www.ready.gov. Planning ahead and communicating with family members can make a big difference in staying safe.
After the storm
The aftermath of a natural disaster can bring its own set of problems, including trauma, shock and other emotional health issues. Picking up the pieces and putting your life back together requires patience, perseverance and support.
You may have your own support system or an employee assistance program (EAP) at work to turn to for help. In addition to counseling, education and coping strategies, EAPs can provide referrals for a host of life needs, including legal and financial resources, childcare and housing. Ask your HR representative or look through your benefits information to find out if your workplace offers this benefit.
Learn more about Envolve’s EAP services.
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