Disaster Preparedness: What to Do at Home During an Emergency


Learning how to prepare for emergencies at home is a huge step in ensuring your family’s safety. Preparedness isn’t just about knowing where the best exits are in the event of a fire, or having some extra batteries on hand. It’s about preparation.

Knowing the most common disasters your area is susceptible to is a good place to start when coming up with plans in the event of an emergency. Is your area prone to flooding or wildfires? You’ll want to be sure you have the tools and the plans to weather any emergency that comes your way.

Besides making sure your family stays safe or reaches safety in the event of a disaster, you also want to prepare for emergencies that might ground your family for awhile, With flooding or earthquakes, you might get stuck inside for hours or even days; having a well-stocked pantry and emergency first aid items, along with stored water, is key to safely weathering disaster events.

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Katy Willis is a writer, lifelong homesteader, and master herbalist, master gardener, and canine nutritionist. Katy is a preparedness expert and modern homesteader practicing everyday preparedness, sustainability, and a holistic lifestyle.

She knows how important it is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you, because you just never know what's coming. And preparedness helps you give your family the best chance to thrive in any situation.

Katy is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced herbalist and a member of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).

Her preparedness skills go beyond just being "ready", she's ready to survive the initial disaster, and thrive afterward, too. She grows 100% organic food on roughly 15 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she's feeding her family, she's a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker.

Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes, too, including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening.

Katy helps others learn forgotten skills, including basic survival skills and self-reliance.

She's been published on sites such as MSN, Angi, Home Advisor, Family Handyman, Wealth of Geeks, Readers Digest, and more.

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