Plan & Prepare
Resolve to Be Ready
Where will your family be when disaster strikes? They could be anywhere - at work, at school, or in the car. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children are safe? Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services (water, gas, electricity, or telephones) were cut off?
Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they can not reach everyone right away. Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Knowing what to do is your best protection and responsibilities.
Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days. Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit with items you may need during an evacuation.
Locate the main electric fuse box, water service main, and natural gas main. Learn how and when to turn these utilities off. Teach all responsible family members. Keep necessary tools near gas and water shut-off valves.
Home Hazard Hunt
During a disaster, ordinary objects in your home can cause injury or damage. Anything that can move, fall, break, or cause a fire is a home hazard. Inspect your home at least once a year and fix potential hazards.
Evacuate immediately if told to do so. Listen to your battery-powered radio and follow the instructions of local emergency officials. Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes. Take your disaster supply kit and lock your home. Use travel routes specified by local authorities. Don't use short cuts because certain areas may be impassible or dangerous.
Learn more about planning by viewing the Four Steps to Safety