Create an Emergency Plan
|No one can predict when an emergency will occur and therefore it is important that you have a plan. If you are going to be able to help your neighbors, you need to be prepared yourself. Meet with household members. Discuss with children the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes, and other emergencies.
Map Your Neighborhood
The key to helping in an emergency is in knowing the skills that would be available and any special needs of your neighbors. Working with your Neighborhood Block Captain, residents should map their neighborhood. There are four steps in preparing for the potential of a disaster.
In the event of an emergency this effort will allow you to efficiently focus your efforts and collect information to assist authorities in responding to your needs. To help organize this effort the following forms are provided.
Preparing For an Emergency
|Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit |
Assemble supplies you might need during the 72 hours or in case of an evacuation. Store them in easy-to-carry containers, such as a backpacks or duffel bags.
Using a black or blue pen, show the location of doors, windows, stairways, and large furniture. Indicate the location of emergency supplies (Disaster Supplies Kit), fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, collapsible ladders, first aid kits, and utility shut off points.
Next, use a colored pen to draw a broken line charting at least two escape routes from each room.
Finally, mark a place outside of the home where household members should meet in case of fire or damaged home. Be sure to include important points outside, such as garages, patios, stairways, elevators, driveways, and porches. If your home has more than two floors, use an additional sheet of paper.
Practice emergency evacuation drills with all household members at least two times each year.
Using the Help/OK sign
Home Hazard Hunt
Fasten shelves securely. Place large, heavy objects on lower shelves. Hang pictures and mirrors away from beds. Brace overhead light fixtures. Secure water heater. Strap to wall studs. Repair cracks in ceilings or foundations.
Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products away from heat sources. Place oily polishing rags or waste in covered metal cans. Clean and repair chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors, and gas vents.
If You Need to Evacuate
Follow instructions of local officials. Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes. Take your Disaster Supplies Kit. Lock your home. Use travel routes specified by local officials. If you are sure you have time: Shut off water, gas, and electricity, if instructed to do so.
Let others know when you left and where you are going. Make arrangements for pets. Animals are not be allowed in public shelters, however the Veterinary Disaster Response Team will provide for your animal’s needs if you are not able to do so.
Flashlight and extra batteries
Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)
First aid kit and manual