Make sure you have an emergency go kit. While this kit needs to be small enough to grab in a hurry, it should contain everything you need to survive for a few days in the event of a disaster.
Have an emergency disaster plan. Discuss this with the household so that they would know exactly what to do in an emergency situation. This way, if you had to leave your home quickly, everyone would know the plan of action which could help reduce the feeling of panic.
Know the location of shut off valves etc. for the home’s utilities. If electric, water and gas are not turned off in the home during a disaster, returning to the home will be even more hazardous.
Take a look around your property and observe areas that might be affected by a natural disaster. Of course, this would depend on the type of disaster, but a severe storm with heavy winds for example, would affect roofs, trees and make any loose item a possible projectile. Ahead of time, secure any loose shingles, trim down trees to minimize the chances of them falling and damaging the property and keep gutters and downspouts free of debris. No doubt, a look around your property will help you see what specific things need to be reinforced.
While we hope you are never affected by an emergency disaster of any kind, being conscious of the possibility and preparing in advance, will help you to be better equipped should it happen.