Prepare & Prevent
Emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime and anywhere. They happen quickly, sometimes without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or force you to remain in your home. It is vital to understand what a disaster could mean for you and your family. This guide will help you to plan and prepare for a possible disaster. Print and keep this information in a special place so you will know where to find it. Get family together now to start following these steps to safety readiness!
- Find out what types of disasters are likely to happen in your area and how to prepare for them.
- Find out what your community's warning signals sound like and what to do if you hear them.
- Find out how to help the elderly and people with special needs.
- Educate children about disasters without overly alarming them. Explain how important it is to make a Family Disaster Plan. Teach chidlren how to call for help, when to call each emergency number, how to call the family contact, if separated, and to keep personal identification information in their possession at all times.
- Talk about dangers of the disaster(s) with your family.
- Have a plan in case you are separated. Choose a place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot go home. Choose someone out of town to be your family contact.
- Fill out emergency phone number and child ID cards. Fill out an Emergency Information Form for each family member with special health care needs.
- Plan what to do if asked to evacuate.
- Plan SEVERAL escape routes.
- Put emergency numbers by each phone.
- Show everyone how and when to turn off utilities.
- Make sure you have enough insurance coverage.
- Do a Home Hazard hunt for items that can move, fall, break or cause a fire.
- Stock enough emergency supplies to last 7 days.
- Take a Red Cross first aid class.
- Plan home escape routes - 2 from each room.
- Find safe places in your home for each type of disaster.
- If you are told to evacuate, take these steps:
- Leave right away if told to do so.
- Listen to a battery powered radio for instructions.
- Wear protective clothing and shoes.
- Shut off water and electricity if told to do so.
- Leave a note telling when you left and where you are going.
- Call your family contact.
- Take your Family Emergency Supplies.
- Lock your house.
- Use routes suggested by officials.