Important Safety Recommendations For You and Your Family
Create a family disaster plan which you review and practice with all family members regularly. This should include a family communications plan
with a list of phone numbers available to all family members (both in-town and out-of-town).
Teach all family members to turn off gas, water, and electricity for the main source.
Teach children how and when to call 911 for help.
Keep a 3-4 day supply of food, bottled water, and an extra month's supply of prescription medications on hand at all times.
Keep a battery operated radio/TV and plenty of batteries (make sure batteries are not out of date).
Keep extra keys for your car and home in a safe place.
Keep an extra pair of eyeglasses in a safe area.
Keep a list of your credit cards and other banking account numbers in a safe place.
Keep important papers in a waterproof/fireproof container.
Keep a up-to-date list and pictures of household contents for insurance purposes.
Make sure your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector are working.
Increase cash on hand during potential emergency conditions.
Keep your car's gasoline tank half full during potentially bad weather.
Keep an up-to-date list of telephone numbers on hand.
Choose an out-of-state relative or friends to call in case of family separation.
Have an alternative heating source for your home.
Never mix or store household chemicals in your emergency supply kit.
Pick two locations to meet outside of your home if you have to evacuate.
Have a plan for the care of your pets.
Monitor your radio and television for important information and instructions.
Your plan should include a list of emergency shelters and their locations, including the primary emergency shelter for your neighborhood. If you own pets, be certain to include pet-friendly shelters on the list.
Prepare to shelter in place if directed. With this in mind, you should have guidelines on how to remain safe in your home during a disaster.