Family Emergency Preparedness
Create a Family Emergency Plan
Identifying one friend or relative who family members will contact in case of an emergency.List things you would need to take with you if you had to leave quickly. Include prescriptions with dosages, medicines, medical equipment, eye glasses, and hearing aids, as well as hard copies and electronic copies of important papers, pictures, and valuables.
If the power goes out always use flashlights; do not use candles. Do not run a generator inside or connect it to a home’s electrical system, and do not use the oven as a source of heat. After the power goes out, be sure to turn off or disconnect all appliances, electronics, or equipment that had been in use.
Know your insurance policies; what is covered and what is not. Make a record of your personal property by taking either photos or videos of the interior and exterior of your home. Consider saving money in an emergency savings account that can be used in any crisis, and keep a small amount in a safe place that is easily accessible in case of an evacuation.
Prepare Your Children
Sit down with your children and identify two escape routes as well as an emergency meeting spot near your home and one further away, in case you cannot make it home. Know your children’s school emergency plan, and ask how the school will communicate with you in the event of an emergency.
Know Your Area Know if you live in a flood plain. Be aware of drainage channels and streams that are known to flood suddenly.
Be aware of resources in your area. SALT is an excellent resource for preparedness, recovery, and community renewal and resiliency. Look into other community groups and resources for before, during and after a disaster.
If you rely on public transportation plan how you will evacuate if necessary. Create a plan to evacuate by choosing several destinations in different directions, and practice driving those routes.
Don’t Forget Pets
If you have pets or farm animals make sure to have a plan for them. Have information on where you can temporarily shelter your pet during a disaster.
Make a Kit
Have a kit in your car and stock it with food, water, first aid kit, flares, jumper cables, blankets change of clothes, a shovel, flashlight, windshield scraper, battery powered radio, and kitty litter. Have two kits in your house, one for if you have to leave and one if you’re stuck in your house. Make sure everyone knows where those are.
Purchase disposable water bottles, canned foods, dry mixes, and other staples that do not require refrigeration, water, or cooking. Be sure to pay attention to the expiration date. Make sure to check your kit every six months; remove items that have expired and replace them. Continue to update your kit as your needs change.
Make copies of your important documents, like deeds, birth certificates, and insurance papers, and put one set in your emergency kit. If you have pets include their ID’s and veterinarian records.