What Can You Do to Prepare Your Family For an Emergency?
Following a major disaster or emergency, the emergency services we depend on, such as fire and police services, may be unavailable for extended periods of time.In addition, telephone, gas, electricity, and water service may be interrupted for days.For at least 72 hours, you and your family may need to rely on yourselves and your neighbors for first aid, firefighting, search and rescue, and general support. Neighborhood groups prepared to do these things may make the difference between life and death.
Get a Kit
When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.
Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
- First aid kit
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask
- Moist towelettes
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food
- Local maps
Make a Plan
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
Exercise your emergency plan with your family yearly to ensure all individuals know what to do in the event of an emergency.
Find out what kinds of disasters, both natural and man-made, are most likely to occur in your area and how you will be notified such as through local alert systems.