Planning ahead of time is important in preparation and response to a disaster. For example:
- Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case.
- Find out about the disaster plans at your workplace, your children's school or daycare center and other places where your family spends time.
- Learn about your community's warning systems. What should you do when they are activated?
Two Places to Meet
- Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire.
- Outside your neighborhood in case of an Evacuation.
- Ask an out of state friend or family member 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.
- Discuss what to do in an Evacuation. Plan how to take care of your pets.
- Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
- Find the safest spot in your home for each of the types of disaster.
- Teach children how and when to call 911.
- Teach family members where the fire extinguisher is kept and show them how to use it.
- Show each family member how and when to shut off the water, gas, and electricity at the main valves, meters or boxes.
- Conduct a home hazard hunt.
- Assemble and stock an Emergency Preparedness Kit.
- Take a first aid and a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) class.
- Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills and update your plan annually.