PLANNING & PREPARATION
Protecting Your Home and Family After a major disaster, it is unlikely that emergency response services will be able to immediately respond to everyone’s needs, so it’s important to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family. Plan to be on your own for at least the first 72 hours.
Create a Household/Family Plan
o Talk with your family about potential disasters and why it’s necessary to prepare for them. Involve each member of your family in the planning process. • Make sure everyone knows where to find your disaster supply kit and Go Box. • Have a flashlight and a pair of shoes under each person’s bed in case there is a power outage during the night. • Plan where to meet after a disaster if your home becomes unsafe. Choose two places, one just out side your home and one outside your neighborhood, in case you are told to evacuate. Be sure your gas tank is always at least half full. • Determine the best escape routes from your home. Try to identify two escape routes. Test those routes at night, and after a heavy rain. • Make sure each household member knows who your family’s out-of state contact is. • Make sure all household members know when and how to turn off the utilities. • Practice your home evacuation and assembly drills. • Teach each member of your household how to use a fire extinguisher. • Create emergency response cards for each of your family members. • Take into account the special needs of children, seniors, people with disabilities, family members who don’t speak English, and pets. o Duplicate important documents, (in writing and with photographs or video) and keep copies of these items off- site, either in a safety deposit box or with someone you trust. Documents such as your passport, driver license, social security card, wills, deeds, financial statements, insurance information, marriage license and prescriptions, should be properly stored and secured. o Elect an out-of-area contact person. Choose someone who lives outside of the path of the storm, far enough away to not be affected by the same emergency. Provide to this person the names and contact information of the people you would like to keep informed of you and your family’s situation.
Emergency Contact Form:
Family Procedure: _______________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ Meeting Location: _______________________ Backup Meeting Location:_________________
Local Contact: ____________________ Address:_________________________ Telephone: _______________________
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