Putting together a family preparedness plan for disasters or emergencies can serve you well in any circumstance. Whether you are facing a severe weather event, a fire in your home, a hazardous materials incident in the neighborhood, or any other emergency, it’s a good idea to plan in advance.
- Talk to your family members about preparedness and how to respond calmly to emergencies.
- Discuss what you would need to do to shelter in place, leave your home or evacuate your city.
- Identify two meeting places, one near your home and one away from the neighborhood in the event family members cannot return to the house.
- Post emergency phone numbers beside the telephone.
- Teach children how to call 911.
- Choose a friend or relative out-of-state whom all family members will telephone to check in. The out-of-state contact can relay messages.
- When evacuating, notify relatives and friends about your plans. Be familiar with designated evacuation routes leading out of town.
- Draw a home floor plan and choose at least two escape routes. Make sure you know how to shut off the water, gas and electricity.
- Keep an emergency supply kit, including water, non-perishable food, important documents, radio and flashlight with extra batteries, extra eyeglasses, medications and special needs products for babies and the elderly.
- Make plans for family members or neighbors with special needs
- Make plans for care of pets.
Preparing in advance for all types of emergencies and disasters the Ready Campaign's websites (ready.gov and listo.gov) and toll-free numbers (1-800-BE-READY and 1-888-SE-LISTO) provide free emergency preparedness information and resources available in English and Spanish.
BE INFORMED – MAKE A PLAN – BUILD A KIT
Join the Los Ranchos Citizen Corps at the inaugural Community Preparedness event on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 8am-noon at the Growers' Market where we'll more fully explore these concepts and more.