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Family Disaster Preparedness Plus Checklist

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

What You Need to Know for the Next Big Disaster

The year 2020 just won’t stop will it? Amid a pandemic and civil unrest we’re dealing with tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires and double hurricanes.

I’m going to make a bold prediction and say that we’ll see our first Sharknado in 2020.

Regardless of the threat, a wildfire, a hurricane or a riot, we need to have these things on our radar. While earthquakes are and other disasters are unpredictable, we don’t need to be caught off guard by anything else.

Social Media Preparedness

Make sure to follow your local TV stations on social media along with the National Weather Service, FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. Also follow your local law enforcement agencies as well. Hopefully they’ll do a good job of creating awareness of any issues in your area.

You can put all of these accounts on alert so you get push notifications when they post something. This will go a long way to helping you be aware. Knowing is half the battle, right?

Leave or Stay?

Once we are aware of a potential disaster, we are faced with one basic decision: Should we stay or should we go? While the decision is a simple sentence, it’s so much more than words.

It impacts our lives, our homes and our community. In some cases the local government will mandate you leave, other times they’ll only suggest it. If it gets to the point they are telling you to leave, they are really telling that if you say, you’re on your own.

I’ve heard many governors over the years tell coastal residents that at some point first responders won’t be sent out to save you if you wind up in trouble. So think about what it would take to get you to go and if those boxes get checked, then get in the car and go!

Also, there’s one more thing about evacuations, if you feel the need to leave, don’t wait for the government to tell you to go. You heard me say this about civil unrest.

Your personal safety and the safety of your family ultimately rests with you.

Make the best decision for your family, don’t wait until someone else tells you to go. Be proactive and make the best call for your loved ones. And to do that, you must be prepared.

Get Ready Now

In order to be ready for a natural disaster, we need to take the time to be ready today. While there are no locusts swarms or clouds raining frogs, let’s take time to prepare. When the sky is on fire and the earth is cracking beneath your feet is not the time to make a plan.

Stock up now on basic stuff like bottled water, flashlights, batteries and non-perishable foods. This way when the panic hits our area, we’ll be ready to go.

And the panic is an extremely important part of any natural disaster. The first time I went grocery shopping after COVID got real there was a hint of panic in the air.

Everyone seemed to be jumpy, after all we’d all seen videos of people fighting over toilet paper, right? I don’t want you to experience that or have to bring your family out in that type of chaos.

To help you, I’ve curated a checklist of must have items for any natural disaster. This comes from my decades of weathering hurricanes but the principles are applicable to wildfires and other “predictable” disasters.

To get it The Secure Dad Disaster Preparedness Checklist, click on the link below. And of course, it’s absolutely free.

There is a lot more to being prepared for a natural disaster, so check out the free checklist I’m offering you. In the end, it’s up to you. The safety and well being of your family rests squarely on you my fellow protector parent. Do what is best for them and do it well.


Andy Murphy

Andy Murphy founded The Secure Dad in 2016 with the aspiration to help families live safer, happier lives. What started as a personal blog about family safety has turned into an award-winning podcast, an Amazon best-selling book, and online courses. He focuses his efforts in the areas of home security, situational awareness, and online safety.


Andy is a husband and father. His interests include coaching youth basketball, hiking, and trying to figure out his 3D printer.

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