Wednesday, August 11, 2010




1. Find Out What Could Happen in Your Area.

• Find out what your community’s warning signals are, what they sound like and what you should do when you hear them.

• Learn about the disaster plans at work, school, daycare and other places where your family spends time.

• If you have animals, find out about animal care. They may not be allowed in some places during and after a disaster.

• Find out how to help the elderly and disabled.

2. Create a Disaster Plan for your family.

•Meet with your family and discuss what types of disasters could happen in your area and what to do. (Page 25)

•Discuss the steps of evacuation. (Page 22) •Choose 2 places to meet family members:

◦Outside your house if members are home.

◦Outside your neighborhood in case you can’t get to your home. (City Park, church, school play ground, etc.)

•Ask an out-of-state family member or friend to be your family’s “Contact Person”.

•After a disaster, communications can be difficult. Many times it is easier to get through to your contact person out of state than to make a local call. If your family members become separated in a disaster have them call this person and let them know where they are and if all is well with them.

3. Practice and Maintain your plan

•Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills. •Quiz your family every six months so they don’t forget.

•Test and recharge fire extinguishers.

•Check/rotate food & water in your evacuation-kit every 6 months. •Test smoke detectors monthly. Change batteries every 6 months. •Remember to always remain calm. Panic causes accidents.


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