Would you know what to do in the event of an emergency? The following are some guidelines and recommendations to help you and your family prepare for a disaster.
Start out by stocking a survival kit for your home: water, food, clothing, first aid kit, supplies, and special items. Keep these items in an easy-to-carry container ready to go in case of an evacuation. Suggested containers include a plastic storage bin, backpack, or duffel bag.
Put items in airtight plastic bags and store the emergency kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Consider keeping a kit in your vehicles as well. Evaluate contents of the kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace items as needed.
Plan and practice
- Evacuation procedures
- Individual roles
- Communication plan
Stay in contact
- Decide on a meeting place outside of the neighborhood.
- Choose an out-of-state friend or relative that will act as a point of contact for everyone.
Meet with neighbors
- Work together.
- Assist neighbors with special needs.
- Make plans for children at home if parents can’t return to the area.
Complete these steps
- Post emergency phone numbers by every phone and program into cell phones.
- Know how and when to shut off water, electricity, and gas at main controls.
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on each level of your home near bedrooms.
- Make arrangements for animals; public shelters do not accept them.
Personal safety should be the highest priority
- During an evacuation, immediately follow instructions from fire, police, and emergency officials.
- Learn alternate ways out of the neighborhood - plan and rehearse an escape plan.
- Make a list of items to take with you - remember, you may only have a few minutes.
- If told to evacuate immediately, take only essential items: Medications/Prescriptions, Identification, Eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids.