This is likely the most important decision you will make in a disaster. The life of your family and animals will depend on this decision. Trusting your emergency professionals when they say to evacuate is an important step. There may have been false alarms in the past but when you are dealing with deadly disasters like as a mudslide or blizzard, you should be willing to do anything to keep safe.
If you delay a decision to evacuate you still need to have everything ready as if you were planning to leave. This becomes more important if you have farm animals, livestock, pets and immobile people to care for. Every step not taken prior to the event starting is one more thing you have to do when under great stress. Bad things always happen faster than expected during a disaster. You need to plan for a lack of time available to evacuate. If you think loading an immobile family member will take ten minutes, double it. If connecting the horse trailer will take 10 minutes, double it. Do as many little things as you can in preparation of evacuating and hope you don’t need to. You definitely want to have the car packed with everyone’s GO Bag so you can jump in and drive off as quickly as possible.
Patience is a Virtue After a disaster, you have to be patient and manage your expectations of relief. Remember you chose to stay instead of leave. This means you might be living in a shelter where it is crowded and hot with no food, privacy or water. Puerto Rico is...read more
Protect Important Documents So much of what will need to get done after a disaster requires documentation. You will spend hours, days and weeks trying to get copies of documents. The people of Puerto Rico learned this lesson when attempting to get help from FEMA....read more