Categories: Blog | Posted: September 19, 2012
September is National Preparedness Month. Emergencies and disasters can be natural or man-made and can happen at any time. Take control and be informed and prepared.
Putting together a family preparedness plan for disasters or emergencies can serve you well in any circumstance. Whether you are facing a severe weather event, a fire in your home, a hazardous materials incident in the neighborhood, or any other emergency, it’s a good idea to plan in advance.
Be prepared with some of the tips listed below.
- Discuss with your family members about preparedness and how to respond calmly to emergencies. Talk about what you would need to do to shelter in place, leave your home or evacuate your city.
- Post emergency phone numbers beside the telephone. Teach children how to call 911.
- Identify two meeting places, one near your home and one away from the neighborhood in case family members cannot return to the house.
- Choose a friend or relative out-of-state whom all family members will telephone to check in. The out-of-state relative can relay messages.
- Be familiar with local designated evacuation routes leading out of town.
- Draw a floor plan of your and choose at least two escape routes.
- Make sure you know how to shut off the water, gas and electricity.
- Keep an emergency supply kit, including water, non-perishable food, vital documents, escape routes, radio and flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit and special needs products for babies and the elderly.
- Make plans for family members or neighbors with special needs, as well as for care of pets.
Stay safe and be prepared!
Additional information call also be found on the CDC’s website.