1. Find out what could happen to you.
Contact your local Red Cross
Chapter or Lake County Emergency Operations office before a disaster
occurs – be prepared to take notes.
Ask what types of disaster are
most likely to happen.
Learn your community’s warning
Ask about animal care after a
Find out how to help elderly or
disabled persons, if needed.
Find out about the disaster
plans at your workplace, and your children’s school or day care.
2. Create a disaster plan.
Meet with your family and
discuss why you need to prepare for disaster.
Discuss the types of disasters
that are most likely to happen.
Pick two places to meet:
(1) Right outside your home in case of sudden emergency, like fire.
(2) Outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home.
Ask an out-of-state friend to
be your “family contact.” After a disaster, its often easier to call long
Discuss what to do in an
evacuation. Plan how to take care of your pets.
3. Complete this checklist:
Post emergency telephone
numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
Teach children how and when to
call 9-1-1 or your local Emergency Medical Services number for emergency
Show each family member how and
when to turn off the utilities (water, gas, and electricity) at the main
Check if you have adequate
Get training from the fire
department for each family member on how to use the fire extinguisher (ABC
type), and show them where it’s kept.
Install smoke detectors on each
level of your home.
Conduct a home hazard hunt.
Determine the best escape
routes from your home.
Find the safe places in your
home for each type of disaster.
4. Stock emergency supplies.
5. Practice and maintain your plan.
Quiz your kids every six months
Conduct fire and emergency
Replace stored water and stored
food every six months.
Test and recharge your fire
Test your smoke detectors
monthly; change at least once a year.
If Disaster Strikes
REMAIN CALM AND PATIENT.
Put your plan into action.
Check for damage in your home.
Use flashlights. Do not light
matches or turn on electrical switches, if you suspect damage.
Sniff for gas leaks, starting
at the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main
gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.
Clean up spilled medicines,
bleaches, gasoline, and other flammable liquids immediately.
Remember to . . .
Confine or secure your pets.
Call your family contact, and
do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
Check on your neighbors,
especially elderly or disabled persons.
Make sure you have an adequate
water supply in case service is cut off.
Stay away from downed power