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Preparing for Disasters
Create an Emergency Plan
Meet with household members to discuss the dangers of fire, severe weather, and other emergencies. Explain how to respond to each.
Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries.
floor plan of your home
. Mark 2 escape routes from each room.
Show family members how to shut off
water, gas, and electricity
at main switches when necessary.
Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones.
Teach children how and when to call 911, police, and fire.
Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.
Pick 1 out-of-state and 1 local friend or relative for family members to call if separated during a disaster - it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area.
Teach children your out-of-state contact's phone number.
Pick 2 emergency meeting places:
A place near your home in case of a fire.
A place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster.
Take a basic first aid and CPR class.
Keep family records in a water and fire-proof container.
Discuss safety procedures when
Don't forget about your pets
Returning Home After a Disaster
Turning Off the Utilities