can strike quickly and without warning. Are you prepared? Take a look at
these safety tips for ways to prepare both yourself and your loved ones
for a disaster. Because knowing what to do is your best protection and
will your family be when disaster strikes? They could be anywhere, at work,
at school or in the car. How will you find each other? Will you know if
your children are safe?
can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together
as a team. Follow the steps listed in this web site to create your family's
Steps to Safety
Find Out What Could Happen to You.
types of disasters are most likely to occur. In our area, thunderstorms,
tornadoes, floods, fires and heat waves are the most common.
animal care after a disaster. Animals may not be allowed inside of emergency
shelters due to health regulations.
how to help elderly or disabled persons, if needed.
Create a Disaster Plan.
about disaster plans at your workplace, your children's school or day care
center and other places where your family spends time.
your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Explain the
dangers and plan to share responsibilities and work as a team.
the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to
do in each case.
outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire;
your neighborhood in case you can't return home.
must know the address and phone number of both places.
out-of-state friend to be your "family contact." After a disaster, it is
often easier to call long distance. Other family members should call this
person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know your contact's
phone number. Also, share this number with other relatives so that, in
the case of a disaster, they have someone outside of the affected area
that can give updates, as calling into a disaster area is often very difficult.
what to do in an evacuation.
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to take care of your pets.
telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, poison control, etc.)
children how and when to call 9-1-1.
family member how and when to turn off the water, gas and electricity at
the main switches.
if you have adequate insurance coverage. Pay special attention to flood
insurance as most homeowners policies do NOT cover rising water.
each family member how to use the fire extinguisher (ABC type), and show
them where it is kept.
smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
a home hazard hunt. Anything that can move, fall, break or cause a fire
is a home hazard. (Example: a bookshelf that can fall.) Inspect your home
at least once a year and fix potential hazards. Contact your fire department
to learn about home fire hazards.
the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
Practice and Maintain Your Plan.
safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
kids every six months so they remember what to do.
fire and emergency drills at least twice a year.
stored water every three months and stored food every six months.
recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer's instructions.
smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
calm and patient. Put your plan into action.
for injuries -- give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.
to your battery powered radio for news and instructions. Evacuate, if advised
to do so. Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
for damage in your home.
-- do not light matches, use candles or turn on electrical switches, if
you suspect damage.
for fires and various hazards.
for gas leaks, beginning at the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect
a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows and get everyone quickly
any other damaged utilities.
up spilled bleaches, gasoline and other flammable liquids immediately.
or secure your pets.
family contact, then stay off the phone.
you have an adequate water supply in case service is cut off.
from downed power lines.
these few simple precautions, you can help keep you and your family as
safe and ready as possible when a disaster strikes.