3 Steps to Better Prepare Your Family and Home

Jun 10, 2021

Today's video shares 3 steps to take to get your family and home better prepared. Just in time to put the kids to work over the summer break! You can find the written script below the video, if you prefer to read rather than listen.

Welcome back to the HT2 channel. I am Kelly and I will be walking you through today’s video. Wherein, we share some tips for you to consider in making your family and home better prepared. We recognize that you may be delaying your efforts to get your family and home prepared, because you don’t know what to do, so we are going to make this easy for you.

So, let’s cover three places to start. The first thing to do, when developing your family’s preparedness plan, is to investigate your risk of disaster for where you live. Look for both internal and external risks. Within your home, you have internal risks like housefires, carbon-monoxide poisoning, food poisoning, tripping, falls, etc. Externally, the location of your home will largely influence your external risks. In Washington State, we have many types of geological and weather-related hazards that can occur like flooding, wildfires, earthquakes, avalanches, volcanic eruptions, lahars, windstorms, tornadoes, and that is just the short list.

Once you have identified the types of risks you are most vulnerable too, you can now move onto the second step of mitigating risk internally. In the mitigation step, you are looking for ways to safeguard your loved ones and protect your property. Life safety is your number one priority and knowing what to do before an event occurs is essential to survival.

Lastly, and the final step in today’s video is to mitigate your risks for external threats. You should familiarize yourself with the local risks and what emergency management mitigation plans exist. Go to your local city, county or state emergency management office to learn about the geological and weather-related risks that are likely to occur where you live. Think about events that have happened in the past too. Your individual experience can guide you well as you move into implementation of mitigation plans.

So, now you know what you should do to get better prepared and next week we will get into the how to implement these mitigation strategies. Thanks for joining us today and we hope that you will continue to follow us and join us next week to learn more about making your family and home better prepared. Remember to Like, Share, and Subscribe to get the latest videos. Until next time. Have a safe day!