If you’ve been reading my weathered.medium.com site for a while you’ll note that I like to be prepared. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how to prepare a climate change emergency plan for my family and here are my thoughts.
We all know that climate change is a global challenge that is already having profound impacts on our planet. From rising temperatures to extreme weather events, the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly clear.
We can’t deny them any longer and you are deluded if you do!
It is essential to take action now to prepare for the coming climate change disaster and to protect yourself and your families.
Educate Yourself and Your Family
The first step to preparing for the coming climate change disaster is to educate yourself and your family about the impacts of climate change.
Learn about the types of extreme weather events that may occur in your area, such as floods, wildfires, and hurricanes, and how to prepare for them. Educate yourself about the risks of food and water shortages, and how to build resilience in the face of these challenges.
Clean water and food might become a big problem if you live in urban areas where there are more people than in rural areas.
Develop a Family Emergency Plan
One of the most important things you can do is develop a family emergency plan. This plan should include information about what to do in the event of an emergency, such as where to go, what to bring, and how to communicate with each other. It should also include contact information for emergency services and other important resources.
My son is currently working on his emergency preparation merit badge and we’ve talked about meeting points after a disaster, like a house fire, and what to be ready at a moment’s notice.
Build Resilience into Your Home
Building a resilient home can help protect your family from the impacts of climate change and other disasters. This may include measures such as installing storm shutters, reinforcing your roof, and moving out of flood-prone areas, etc.
If you live in a relatively safe community, you might want to consider investing in renewable energy sources, such as solar panels or wind turbines, to ensure that you have access to electricity during a disaster.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
This is a big one. In an emergency, you may not have access to basic necessities such as food, water, and medical supplies.
To prepare for this, you should assemble an emergency kit that includes non-perishable food, water, first aid supplies, and a radio. Make sure to store your emergency kit in a place where it is easily accessible in the event of an emergency.
For example, all of our cars have a first aid kit, a fix-a-flat, emergency space blankets, and our standard spare tire and tools.
You don’t have to go crazy. You can start small, like getting a first aid kit (affiliate link) and putting it in your house or car.
Get Involved in Your Community
This is a big one and one I advocate for a lot. Get involved in your local community. It is important to get involved in your community and work together to build resilience and prepare for any challenges ahead.
This doesn’t just include climate change disasters but other emergency events. Hurricane Sandy did a number on my town but we were prepared and rode it out.
Consider joining a local emergency response team, volunteering with a community organization, or participating in local climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.
Emergency Plan End Notes
The smart people reading this know that climate change is a global challenge that requires action at all levels of society.
Take steps now to prepare yourself and your family for the coming climate change disaster and build resilience and protect yourself and your loved ones.
With education, planning, and community involvement, we can work together to build a more sustainable and resilient future.
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