The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Prepare now for a sudden emergency. Learn how to protect yourself and cope with disaster by planning ahead. This list will help you get started. Discuss these ideas with your family, then prepare an emergency plan. Post the plan where everyone can see it. For additional information about how to prepare for hazards in your community, contact your local emergency management or civil defense office or your American Red Cross Chapter.
- Call your Emergency Management Office or the Red Cross.
- Find out which disasters occur in your area.
- Ask how to prepare for each disaster.
- Ask how you would be warned in an emergency.
- Learn your community's evacuation routes.
- Ask about special assistance for elderly or disabled.
- Learn about emergency plans for your child's school or day care.
Create an Emergency Plan
(for help with this, click on website below) http://www.ready.gov/america/makeaplan/index.html
- Discuss with children the dangers of fire, severe weather, floods, earthquakes and other emergencies.
- Discuss how to respond to each disaster that could occur.
- Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape routes from each room.
- Post emergency telephone numbers near the telephones.
- Learn how to turn off the water, gas & electricity at main switches.
- Teach children how & when to call 911, police & fire.
- Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency info.
- Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated by disaster (it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area.)
- Teach children how to make long distance phone calls.
- Pick two meeting places (1. a place near your home in case of fire, 2. A place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster.)
Take a Basic First Aid or CPR Class.
Keep important family records in a water & fire proof container or on CD.
Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit (see sidebar)