Emergency & Disaster Preparedness

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  • Get informed.
  • Develop an emergency plan.
  • Prepare a disaster supply kit.
  • Learn where to seek shelter.
  • Identify your community warning systems and evacuation routes.
  • Include in your plan information from community, workplace, and schools.
  • Learn about what to do in specific hazards.
  • Practice and maintain your plan.

 

Get informed.

Develop an emergency plan.

Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather and earthquakes to children. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.

  1. Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case.
  2. Pick two places to meet:
    1. Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire.
    2. Outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Everyone must know the address and phone number.
  3. Ask an out-of-state friend to be your “family contact.” After a disaster, it’s 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.
  4. Discuss what to do in an evacuation.
  5. Plan how to take care of your pets.

 

Prepare a disaster supply kit.

Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days. Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit with items you may need in an evacuation. Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks, duffel bags or covered trash containers.

 

The Kit

  • A three-day supply of water (3 gallons per person)
  • A three-day supply of food that won’t spoil.
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one blanket or sleeping bag per person.
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications and extra pairs of glasses.
  • Emergency tools including a battery- powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  • An extra set of car keys and a credit card, cash or traveler’s checks.
  • Sanitation supplies.
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
  • An extra pair of glasses.
  • Keep important family documents in a waterproof container.
  • Keep a smaller kit in the trunk of your car.

 

Learn where to seek shelter.

Identify your community warning systems and evacuation routes.

Include in your plan information from community, workplace, and schools.

Learn about what to do in specific hazards.

Practice and maintain your plan.