Check for injuries:
Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.
Listen to your battery powered radio for news and
Evacuate, if advised to do so. Wear protective clothing and
for damage in your home....
Use flashlights--do not light matches or turn on electrical
switches, if you suspect damage.
for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards.
off any other damaged utilities.
up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline and other flammable liquids
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.
Remain calm and patient. Put your plan into action.
|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..
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
|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
- Make arrangements for your pets.
or secure your pets.
Call your family contact--do not use the telephone again unless it
is a life-threatening emergency.
on your neighbors, especially elderly or disabled persons.
Make sure you have adequate water supply in case service is cut off.
away from downed power lines.