Find out what type of disasters could occur in your community as well as your neighborhood and how you should respond.
Arrange for the care of your animals before a disaster occurs.
Find out about the disaster plans at your workplace, your children’s school or daycare and other places where your family spends time.
Create a Disaster Plan
Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Discuss the types of hazards you’re at risk from and how to respond.
Places to Meet
Pick two places to meet in the case of emergencies:
Right outside your home in case of a fire
Outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home
Ask an out-of-state person to be your “family contact.” After a disaster it’s often easier to call long distance. 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 what to do with your pets.
Put Your Plan into Action
Post emergency telephone numbers by each phone in your home
Teach children how and when to call 911
Show each family member how and when to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches
Check if you have adequate insurance coverage
Teach family members old enough how to use the fire extinguisher and show them where it’s kept
Install smoke detectors on each level of your home