Emergency Preparedness for Individuals

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Tips for Staying Safe


For Individuals and Families

  • - Each family should prepare a “disaster plan” to be in place for any emergency. This involves determining a place for the family to meet right outside the home in case of sudden emergency like fire. The family should practice an evacuation plan together. If you have an inhome care giver, include them in the planning
  • Additionally, there should be a location to meet in the neighborhood or further if the disaster is more widespread if you can’t return home right away – make sure all children know the address and phone number of this location.
          Also, have an “out-of-town” contact in case members of the family get separated. You can all call this contact and check in with each other.
  • Make a plan for your pets
  • Find out about disaster plans at your workplace and at your children’s school or daycare location
  • Post emergency numbers by all your phones and teach your children how to use them – put important numbers on wallet cards and give them to all family members, including land line numbers (cell phones can get overloaded and might not be usable in an emergency)
  • Begin planning for hurricanes and other emergencies far in advance. Keep enough supplies in your home to met your needs and those of each family memer for three to five days. Buy a large plastic container (with lid) or a backpack to hold supplies, and gather them as needed – will be demonstrating a standard disaster kit in a few moments
  • Remember to go through this kit every three to six months, replacing what has gone bad and checking to make sure everything is still working correctly.