You should sit down with your family and talk about:
- What types of disasters might happen
- What you should do to prepare (like creating a family disaster kit, i.e. 72 hour kit)
- What to do if you are asked to evacuate
You should talk to your family about:
- Where to meet away from your home in case of a fire (like a neighbor's house or the corner of the street);
- Where to meet outside your neighborhood if you must evacuate. You should pick a friend or relative's house.
- Where to call to "check in" if you become separated from your family during a disaster. You should memorize the phone number of a family member who lives out of state. You call there to report where you are so your family can find you.
You can also talk to your whole neighborhood about disaster plans Find out if someone in your neighborhood has a special skill--like being a doctor.
Be sure your home has a smoke detector and remember to change the batteries twice a year. It's also a good idea totake a first aid class so you will be prepared to help others.
Out of State Contact
Family Work Numbers
Emergency Telephone Numbers
In a life threatening emergency, dial 911 or the local emergency medical services system number
1. Right outside your home_______________
2. Away from neighborhood, in case you cannot return home
In a fire or other emergency, you may need to evacuate your home on a moment's notice. You should be ready to get out fast.
Develop an escape plan by drawing a floor plan of your residence. Using a black or blue pen, show the location of doors, windows, stairways,a dn large furniture. Indicatethe location of emergency supplies (Disaster Supplies Kit), fire extinguishers, smoke detectors,collapsible ladders, first aid kits, and utility shut off points. Next, use a colored pen to draw a broken line charting at least two excape routes from each room. Finally, mark a place outside of the home where household members should meet in case of fire.
Be sure to include important points outside such as garages, patios, stiarways, elevators, driveways and porches. If your home has more than two floors, use an additional sheet of paper. Practice emergency evacuation drills with all household members at least two times each year.
Source: Becky Potts