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Be Prepared for a Disaster Emergency

By Luke Armstrong

Being ready for storm season – before an emergency happens – can help save lives and property.

Disaster TipsCenters for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people make an emergency plan that includes a disaster supply kit. This kit should include enough water, dried and canned food, and emergency supplies (flashlights, batteries, first-aid supplies, prescription medicines, and a digital thermometer) to last at least 3 days. Use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns, rather than candles, gas lanterns, or torches (to minimize the risk of fire).

Complete disaster emergency checklist

  •     Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
  •     Teach children how and when to call 911 or your local Emergency Medical Services number for emergency help.
  •     Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
  •     Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
  •     Show each family member how and when to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at the main switches.
  •     Check if you have adequate insurance coverage.
  •     Teach each family member how to use the fire extinguisher, and show them where it’s kept.
  •     Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
  •     Conduct a home hazard hunt.
  •     Stock emergency supplies and assemble a disaster supplies kit.
  •     Take a Red Cross first aid and CPR class.

Practice your emergency plan

  •     Test your smoke detectors monthly, and change the batteries at least once a year.
  •     Quiz your kids every six months so they remember what to do.
  •     Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.
  •     Replace stored water every three months and stored food every six months.
  •     Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Whether you are a business owner, homeowner or renter, plan for the unexpected before it happens.