It’s time we stopped reacting to disasters and started preparing for them. This list of dos and don’ts highlights the mistakes people can make when dealing with emergencies and it also shows how to correct them.
DO NOT: Wait until you know a disaster is coming to prepare for one.
DO: Think ahead. Always remember that not all disasters can be prepared for and the last thing you need during an emergency is a surprise.
DO NOT: Remain ignorant about hazards.
DO: Learn all you can about all types of hazards. Learn which ones you are at risk for and share this knowledge with your family and your community.
DO NOT: Depend on government or official organizations to help you.
DO: Make plans to help yourself, your family and your community.
DO NOT: Let a hazard turn into an emergency.
DO: Some emergencies can be prevented if you practice some simple mitigation measures like planting trees and cleaning up litter.
DO NOT: Leave out children, persons with disabilities or the elderly when making disaster plans.
DO: Make sure that everyone is involved in planning for an emergency. After all, emergencies affect everyone.
DO NOT: Forget about your plan once you have created it.
DO: Practice your plan to make sure it works.