Wednesday, July 30, 2014
     

How you may be notified of a possible emergency

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio – These special radios provide the earliest warning with an alarm that will alert you in case of anticipated bad weather. To learn more contact your local National Weather Service office.
  • Commercial radio and television stations – Know your designated Emergency Alert System stations.
  • Door to Door Warning from local Emergency officials – Follow their instructions promptly and strictly


 

Family Disaster Plan

By planning ahead, you can avoid waiting in long lines for critical supplies such as food, water and medicine. Remember to review your plan regularly.


 

Medical Emergency Supplies

For your safety and comfort, have at least three days worth of emergency supplies packed and ready in an easy to carry container, such as a backpack or duffel bag. Make sure your bag has an ID tag and label any equipment, such as wheelchairs, canes or walkers that you need. It may not be necessary to evacuate, or you may be ordered to stay in your home.


 

Be prepared to go to a shelter if:

  • Your area is without electrical power
  • There is a chemical emergency affecting your area
  • Flood water is rising
  • Your home has been severely damaged
  • Police or other local officials tell you to evacuate

 

IF YOU NEED TO EVACUATE:

  • Coordinate with your home care provider for evacuation procedures
  • Try to carpool if possible
  • If you must have assistance for special transportation call the American Red cross or your local officials.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes
  • Take your disaster supply kit
  • Lock your home
  • Use the travel routes specified or special assistance provided by local officials. Don’t take any short cuts, they may be unsafe.
  • Notify shelter authorities of any needs you may have. They will do their best to accommodate you and make you comfortable.

 

IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH TIME

  • Shut off water, gas and electricity if instructed to do so and if you know how. Gas must be turned back on by a professional.
  • Let others know when you left and where you are going
  • Make arrangement for pets. Animals other than working animals may not be allowed in public shelters.

 

RESIDENTIAL FIRES

One emergency we could all face at any time is a some fire. Despite any physical limitations we may have, there are some things we can do to improve our safety. 

Plan two escape routes out of each room. If you cannot use stairways, make special arrangements for help in advance. Never, use elevators. Sleep with the bedroom door closed as this gives you extra minutes of protection from toxic fumes and fire. Vacuum your smoke detector occasionally to remove dust, and test the battery regularly. As a reminder, change batteries on the same day each year.

IN CASE OF FIRE

Drop to the floor and crawl. Most fire fatalities are due to breathing toxic fumes and smoke, the cleanest air is near the floor. Remain calm.

Feel any door before you open it, if it is hot, find another way out.

If your smoke detector goes off, do not waster time getting dressed or collecting valuables or pets. Get out of the house immediately.

Do not try to fight the fire. Call for help from a neighbor’s house.

Never go back into a burning building for any reason.

If your clothes catch on fire, drop to the floor and roll to suffocate the fire. Do not run; this fans the flames and makes them worse.

If you are in a wheelchair or cannot get out of your house, stay by a window near the floor. If you are able, signal the need for help.