A Household Disaster Plan?
Find out what could happen to you and your family
● Ask what types of disasters are most likely to happen. Request information on how to prepare for each.
● Learn about your community's warning signals: what they sound like and what you should do when you hear them.
● Ask about animal care after disaster. Animals may not be allowed inside emergency shelters due to health
● Find out how to help elderly or disabled persons, if needed.
● Next, find out about the disaster plans at your workplace, your children's school or daycare center 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.
● Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather and other hazards to children.
● Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
● Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case.
● Pick two places to meet.
● Ask an out-of-state friend to be your "family contact."
● Discuss what to do in an evacuation.
● Plan how to take care of your pets.
Make emergency preparations
● Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
● Teach children how and when to call 911 for emergency help.
● 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 each family member how to use the fire extinguisher (ABC type), and show them where it's kept.
● Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
● Conduct a home hazard hunt.
● Stock emergency supplies and assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit.
● Take a first aid and CPR class.
● Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
● Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
Practice and maintain your plan
● Quiz your kids every six months so they remember what to do.
● Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.
● Replace stored water every three months and stored food every six months.
● Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer's instructions.
● Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least twice a year.
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