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 neighborhoodA geographic sub-area within the city that contains but is not limited to residential land uses. The extent of a neighborhood is variable and may be defined by tradition, organizational boundaries, period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements..
- 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.