Be Prepared for a Disaster Emergency

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.


About the author

Luke Armstrong

Expert in emergency fire and water restoration services, fire cleanup and water damage cleanup, mold removal, as well as commercial and residential cleaning services, including carpet, upholstery and furniture cleaning. Contributor to several restoration and cleaning blogs.

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