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Emergency situations can occur 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, such as water, gas, electricity or telephones, were cut off?
Families can cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Listed below are great beginning steps to create your family’s emergency plan.
Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days. Assemble an Emergency Supplies Kit with items you may need in an evacuation. Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers, such as backpacks, duffle bags or covered trash containers. Include:
Keep important family documents in a waterproof container. Keep a smaller kit in the trunk of your car including a blanket for the winter season.
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.
Create an Emergency Plan
Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for emergencies. Explain the dangers of fire and severe weather to children.
Pick two places to meet:
Complete This Checklist:
Practice and Maintain your Plan