TODAY'S TOPIC IS FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

KEY ELEMENTS OF A DISASTER PLAN
FOLLOW THESE STEPS WHEN BUILDING YOUR FAMILY EMERGENCY
PREPAREDNESS/DISASTER PLAN...

1) LEARN ABOUT POSSIBLE DANGERS IN YOUR AREA AND BECOME FAMILIAR
WITH YOUR COMMUNITY'S DISASTER RESPONSE PLAN.
2) TALK TO YOUR FAMILY ABOUT WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF AN
EMERGENCY. PICK TWO LOCATIONS WHERE YOU WILL MEET  ONE RIGHT
OUTSIDE YOUR HOME AND ANOTHER REMOVED FROM YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO BE
USED IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO RETURN TO YOUR RESIDENCE.
3) DEVELOP A CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS PLAN TO INSURE THAT YOUR FAMILY
WILL BE ABLE TO STAY IN CONTACT IF SEPARATED DURING A DISASTER.
4) CREATE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KITS FOR YOUR HOME...OFFICE AND CAR.
5) PRACTICE YOUR PLAN.

ASSEMBLE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KIT
BASIC ITEMS INCLUDE:
BATTERY-OPERATED RADIO AND FLASHLIGHT
WATER
FOOD
FIRST-AID SUPPLIES
CLOTHING
BEDDING
SPECIALTY ITEMS...MEDICATIONS...IMPORTANT FAMILY DOCUMENTS...BABY
FORMULA AND DIAPERS CREATE A FAMILY COMMUNICATION PLAN CHOOSE AN
OUT-OF-TOWN PERSON AS A POINT OF CONTACT FOR FAMILY MEMBERS TO CALL
IF SEPARATED DURING AN EMERGENCY.

DEVELOP A FAMILY EVACUATION PLAN...
PLAN ROUTES FROM YOUR RESIDENCE TO A SAFE LOCATION.
PLAN FOR WHAT YOU WOULD NEED TO TAKE WITH YOU SHOULD YOU NEED TO
LEAVE YOUR HOME FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME.
ENSURE ALL FAMILY MEMBERS KNOW WHERE TO GO SHOULD YOU BE
SEPARATED.
RADIO MESSAGES WILL INFORM YOU OF SPECIFIC ROUTES AND SHELTER
AREAS SHOULD A MAJOR INCIDENT OCCUR.

BE PREPARED TO SHELTER IN PLACE IF NECESSARY...
LOCAL OFFICIALS MAY ADVISE YOU TO SHELTER IN PLACE OR REMAIN
INDOORS TO PROTECT YOURSELF. IF INSTRUCTED TO SHELTER IN PLACE:
GO INSIDE IMMEDIATELY
TAKE YOUR DISASTER SUPPLY KIT
GO TO AN INTERIOR ROOM WITHOUT WINDOWS
MAKE PLANS FOR YOUR PETS MOST SHELTERS DO NOT ACCEPT PETS. PREPARE A
LIST OF KENNELS...FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS WHO MAY BE ABLE TO CARE
FOR YOUR PET IN AN EMERGENCY.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS VISIT WWW.READY.GOV.


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