Make A Plan
Steps to take in creating a household emergency
- Schedule a family meeting to discuss the dangers of possible
emergency events including earthquake, fire, severe weather,
hazardous spills and terrorism.
- Discuss how you and your family will respond to each
- Talk about evacuation and the routes to take for different
- Learn about and talk about sheltering in place withy your
- Discuss what to do in case of power outages or personal
- Draw a floor plan of your home and mark two escape routes
from each room.
- Teach adults how and when to turn off the water, gas and
electricity at main switches.
- Post emergency contact numbers near all telephones, and
pre-program emergency numbers into phones with autodial
- Teach children how and when to dial 9-1-1 to get emergency
- Because it is often easier to call long distance during an
emergency than within the affected area, choose an out-of-state
friend or relative whom all family members will call if
separated during an emergency.
- Instruct household members to turn on the radio to AM 1610
for emergency information.
- Pick two meeting places-one near your home and one outside
your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after an
- Take CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training.
- Organize Neighborhood Watch in you neighborhood.
• Take a basic first aid and CPR class.
- Keep family records in a water and fireproof safe.
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