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Family Disaster Plan


Check for injuries:

Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.


Listen to your battery powered radio for news and instructions:

Evacuate, if advised to do so.  Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.

Check for damage in your home....

 Use flashlights--do not light matches or turn on electrical switches, if you suspect damage.

Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards.

Shut off any other damaged utilities.

Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline and other flammable liquids immediately.

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.





If Disaster Strikes:

Remain calm and patient.  Put your plan into action.


Emergency Supplies

Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days.  Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit with items your may need in an evacuation.  Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as back-packs, duffle bags or covered trash containers.


Locate the main electric fuse box, water service main and natural gas main.  Learn how and when to turn these utilities off.  Teach all responsible family members.  Keep necessary tools near gas and water shut-off valves.

Remember, turn off the utilities only if you suspect the lines are damaged or if you are instructed to do so.  If you turn the gas off, you will need a professional to turn it back on..

Home Hazard Hunt

During a disaster, ordinary objects in your home can cause injury or damage.  Anything that can move, fall, break or cause a fire is a home hazard.  For example, a hot water heater or a bookshelf can fall.  Inspect your home at least once a year and fix potential hazards.

Contact your local fire department to learn about home fire hazards.



Evacuate immediately if told to do so:
  • Listen to your battery-powered radio and follow the instructions of local emergency officials.
  • Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Take your Disaster Supply Kit.
  • Lock your home.
  • Use travel routes specifically by local authorities--don't use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous.

If you are sure you have time:

  • Shut off water, gas and electricity before leaving, if instructed to do so.
  • Post a note telling others when you left and where you are going.
  • Make arrangements for your pets.






Remember to:

Confine or secure your pets.

 Call your family contact--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 adequate water supply in case service is cut off.

Stay away from downed power lines.


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