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Being Prepared Is Important, Now More Than Ever

Disasters are never a planned event and always come at the most inconvenient time so why not plan now? Below is a simple checklist you may follow to better prepare yourself to deal with an unforeseen emergency.


Prepare an Emergency Plan that will serve as a simple reminder, such as:

  • Meet with household members. Discuss with children the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes, and other emergencies.
  • Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries.
  • Learn how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at main switches.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers near phones.
  • Teach children how and when to call 911, police, and fire.
  • Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated by disaster (it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area).
  • Keep family records in a water and fireproof container.
  • Download a copy of an Emergency Planning Sheet.



Fire Safety

  • Plan two escape routes out of each room.
  • Teach family members to stay low to the ground when escaping from a fire.
  • Teach family members never to open doors that are hot. In a fire, feel the bottom of the door with the palm of your hand. If it is hot, do not open the door. Find another way out.
  • Install smoke detectors. Clean and test smoke detectors once a month. Change batteries at least once a year.
  • Keep a whistle in each bedroom to awaken household members in case of fire.
  • Check electrical outlets. Do not overload outlets.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type).
  • Have a collapsible ladder on each upper floor of your house.
  • Consider installing home sprinklers.


Make A Plan: Download Your Family Information & Plan Kit Now!

Please stop your hectic lives for just a few hours and sit down with your entire family (from children to seniors) to download and fill-out the Information & Plan Kit below. The Kit will will serve as a convenient guide and reference to store  important family member information, as well as a convenient checklist of some of the things you may need in the event of an emergency.


It will be quality time with your loved ones and it could save your lives!



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