Find out what could happen
Contact your local emergency management office of the American Red Cross.
- What types of action should be taken for flash floods, tornadoes, hazardous material spills etc?
- How would you help the elderly and disabled?
- Find out if there is a disaster plan at your workplace and / or your child's school or daycare.
- Think about the care of your pets
- Determine where your local shelters are and the best access to them.
Prepare a disaster plan
Discuss with your family the importance of preparing a disaster plan. Share responsibilities and work together as a team
- Talk about the different types of disasters that are most likely to happen and what to do for each one.
- Regularly conduct drills and practice your plan.
- Establish meeting places in case of separation right outside the home and outside of your neighborhood if you are unable to return home.
- Have an out-of-state "family contact". Every family member should call this person and tell them where they are. Make sure everyone knows the contact's phone number.
- Make a plan with neighbors on how the neighborhood could work together if a disaster would strike. Also, make arrangements with neighbors for child care in case parents cannot make it home.
Complete this checklist
- Keep a list of important telephone numbers by the phone.
- Be sure children know how and when to dial 9-1-1.
- Learn how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity.
- Check to see if you have adequate insurance coverage.
- Teach family members how to use a fire extinguisher and where it is kept.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector and routinely replace the batteries.
- Find the best escape route from your home and determine your evacuation route.
- Practice your plan.
- Prepare an Emergency Supply kit.
- If a generator is used, you will need proper electrical circuits and sufficient ventilation.
- Three days supply of water, one gallon per person
- Non-perishable food that does not require cooking
- Eating utensils, manual can opener
- Change of clothing and footwear per person
- Blankets and sleeping bags
- First-aid kit, including prescription medicine
- Extra pair of eyeglasses
- Battery powered radio and flashlight, plus plenty of extra batteries
- Extra set of car keys, cash, and credit cards
- Sanitation supplies
- Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members
- Fire extinguisher
- Important family documents
- Proper identification
- Basic tool kit (pliers, wrench, hammer, nails, plus rope and gas shut off wrench)