When an emergency strikes, be sure you and your family members are prepared. Know ahead of time how you will contact one another, where you will go, and what you should do during different emergencies.

  • Meet with your household members to dicuss potential emergencies such as fire, severe weather, and chemical hazards.

  • Learn how to respond to these different emergencies.

  • Always have at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle.

  • Plan two escape routes from your home including routes from upper levels.

  • Pick two emergency meeting places. A place near your home in case of a fire and a place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster. Let everyone know these locations in advance.

  • Identify safe locations in your home for each hazard.

  • Discuss what to do for power outages.

  • Post emergency phone numbers in your home and program them into your phones' contact lists.

  • Teach your children when to call 9-1-1 and what to say.

  • Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.

  • Select contacts if household members are seperated during an emergency. Contacts should include one out-of-state person and one other local person.

  • Keep important records in a water and fire-proof container.

  • Complete this Family Emergency Plan. Save it electronically and print hard copies for your emergency supply kit.

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