Where will your family
be when disaster strikes? They could be anywhere--
or in the car.
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Road West Milford NJ 07480
Disaster can strike quickly and without
warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine
you to your home. What would you do if basic services-water, gas,
electricity or telephones-were cut off? Local officials and relief
workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach
everyone right away.
Families can-and do-cope with disaster, by preparing in advance and
working together as a team. Follow the steps below to create your
family's disaster plan. Knowing what to do is your best protection
and your responsibility.
4 Steps to Safety
Find out what could happen
Contact your local emergency management office (973) 728-2840 and American Red Cross chapter --be prepared to take notes:
Ask what types of
disasters are most like to happen. Request information on how to prepare
Learn about your
community's warning signals: what they sound like and what you should do when
you hear them.
Ask about animal
care after disaster. Animals may not be allowed inside emergency
shelters due to health regulations.
Find out how to
help elderly or disabled persons, if needed.
Next, find out
about the disaster plans at your workplace, your children's school or daycare
center and other places where your family spends time.
Create a disaster
Meet with your family and
discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Explain the dangers of fire,
severe weather and earthquakes to children. Plan to share responsibilities
and work together as a team.
Discuss the types
of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each
Pick two places to
1. Right outside your home in case of
a sudden emergency, like a fire.
2. Outside your neighborhood in case
you can't return home.
Everyone must know the address and phone
out-of-state friend to be your "family contact." After a
disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Other family members
should call this person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know
your contact's phone number.
Discuss what to do
in an evacuation. Plan how to take care of your pets.
telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
children how and when to call 911 or your local Emergency Medical Services
number for emergency help.
Show each family
member how and when to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main
Check if you have
adequate insurance coverage.
Teach each family
member how to use the fire extinguisher (ABC type), and show them where it is