201 Health - - Disaster Preparation -

The Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion sug­gests hav­ing an es­cape plan – whether that be from your house to a neigh­bor’s in case of a fire, or out of your city or town.

Make sure you know the emer­gency plans at your work­place and chil­dren’s schools. Plan out how you will com­mu­ni­cate with your fam­ily. The AMA sug­gests des­ig­nat­ing an out-of-state con­tact per­son with whom ev­ery­one can check-in if peo­ple get sep­a­rated.

In the age of GPS de­vices, many driv­ers don’t even have a map in their ve­hi­cle. Get one.

The type of tree also mat­ters. Ev­er­greens tend to be more brit­tle and break more eas­ily. Oaks are typ­i­cally very strong but can be danger­ous if heavy rain washes away the ground around their roots.

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