Make a Plan
Make a Plan
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Special Planning Needs
As you make your plan, consider the special needs of:
Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster.
Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes and other disasters to children. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
- Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Learn what to do in each case.
- Pick two places to meet: one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire, and one outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Make sure everyone knows the addresses and phone numbers of your meeting places.
- Ask an out-of-state friend to be your “family contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance than local.
- Check on the emergency plans of all schools your children attend.
- Practice and maintain your plan
- Quiz your kids every six months.
- Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.
- Replace stored water and stored food every
- Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) regularly.
- Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
Disaster Plan Checklist
- Post emergency numbers by phones (ambulance, police, fire, etc.).
- Teach children
how and when to
call 9-1-1 for emergency help.
- Show each family member how and when to turn off the utilities (water, gas, and electricity).
- Check your insurance coverage.
- Get training from your local fire department for each family member on how to use the fire extinguisher (ABC type), and show them where
- 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 first aid and CPR classes.
- Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
- Find the safe places in your home for each type
For more information, contact your local emergency management office.