Make a plan:
Steps to take in creating a household emergency plan include:
- Schedule a family meeting to discuss the dangers of possible emergency events including earthquake, fire, severe weather, hazardous spills and terrorism.
- Discuss how you and your family will respond to each possible emergency.
- Talk about evacuation and the routes to take for different emergencies.
- Learn about and talk about sheltering in place with your family.
- Discuss what to do in case of power outages or personal injuries.
- Draw a floor plan of your home and mark two escape routes from each room.
- Teach adults how and when to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches.
- Post emergency contact numbers near all telephones, and pre-program emergency numbers into phones with autodial capabilities.
- Teach children how and when to dial 9-1-1 to get emergency assistance.
- Because it is often easier to call long distance during an emergency than within the affected area, choose an out-of-state friend or relative whom all family members will call if separated during an emergency.
- Instruct household members to turn on the radio to AM 1610 for emergency information.
- Pick two meeting places-one near your home and one outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after an emergency.
- Take CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training.
- Organize Neighborhood Watch in you neighborhood.
• Take a basic first aid and CPR class.
- Keep family records in a water and fireproof safe. Inexpensive models can be purchased at most hardware stores.