ORANGE COUNTY

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 A Household Disaster Plan?

Find out what could happen to you and your family 

             ●  Contact your local emergency management office; be prepared to take notes. 
             ●    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
  
                  regulations. 
             ●   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.

1475 FM 1442; Orange, Texas  77630                                                                          Phone: (409) 882-7895
                                                                                                                                             Fax: (409) 670-4143

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